Wed, Feb 17, 2010
Sunday 14 February 2010:
Happy Valentine’s day everybody.
We spend the day today working very hard to give our kitchen staff a better workplace. Since the earthquake made our home unsafe, we had moved our kitchen outside into the front-yard, and the area was covered with a big piece of tarp. But wind and rain really created many problems for our staff to cook the meals to feed our children and staff.
So today we hired a Boss and asked some friends to come and help us take the roof of our laundry department behind the house down, (we cannot work in that area anymore, to risky if the house decides to fall down) and move it to the front-yard to create a better cover for the kitchen.
The structure is very heavy since it is wood covered with corrugated sheets, and getting it through the narrow pass-way next to the staircase was very tricky , but we made it to the front. The next step was to lift it high enough so it could sit on the side wall. This turned to be too impossible for us, to heavy, not enough people, but right at that moment 2 Canadian army trucks pulled up next to our camp to come and check on us. I asked the Canadians if they could please help us lift the roof, and it still was a lot of work to get it high enough and at the right place so it could sit on the sidewall, but it worked out.
Boss Frito then put all support poles in place, and when the structure was secure we pulled the tarp over the whole area and we have a new kitchen. Our kitchen staff was happily surprised when they came in Monday morning!