Sifting sand

Sifting sand

Sifting sand

Sean and Inger are sifting sand for mortar – it’s a never ending process and you are always trying different angles and methods to see which works best for throwing the sand at the screen. It’s one of the tasks I’ve done on every Habitat build – no matter where it the world, whether with a big screen like this or a small tambourine-like screen. After a while it gets really Zen.

Working in India

Working in India

Working in India

Here’s me with a pan of mortar in Nagercoil, India – we were working on finishing the interior of the house and I was carrying pans to the men working on the scaffolding and lifting it up to them (great for the arms).

New house

New house

New House

And this is the new house we were working with the homeowners to build. When it was finished, it would have a flat roof that many families use for sleeping when it’s hot.

 

Old house

Old house

Old house

This is the homeowner’s house that we were replacing – the best parts would be that they would have a cement floor and a solid roof and windows.

Carrying blocks

Moving blocks

Moving blocks

Aside from sifting sand, a lot of what we did in India was moving blocks and moving rocks. Since we were such a large team, we could do a lot of that. Here Kristin has perfected her wheelbarrow technique for moving 2 blocks at a time. (It had rained the night before and the blocks had absorbed a lot of water and were really heavy.)