Meanwhile, Jesse took over the reigns and completed a good portion of the dire repairs the orphan home required. Before I left, we had roamed aimlessly around town and recruited several "handyman" to help with the tasks. I suppose it was quite serendipitous how it came about. After unsuccessfully asking 5-10 strong and well built men if they knew anything about construction, and receiving the same 'no' every time, we had wondered if there was anyone out there to actually help us.
From ATM's not giving us funds for the supplies, to materials being miscalculated & cut, to mice eating the power tools, from the staff burning all the bamboo that was set aside for the shed, and finally.... the monsoon rains completely consuming the freshly dug holes that were going to be filled in with cement to construct the shed. Hmmm, I can only envision Jesse fuming from the ears. It's a good thing she loves children as much as I love bugs.
In addition, they've decided to build Annapurna Self-Sustaining Orphan Home a shed for the outdoor washing machine, which had been sitting in a puddle of water, with the circuit entirely submerged for god knows how long. The house mothers at the home had wondered why it didn't work.