It’s hard to believe we’re five days into such a formative, impactful experience like an ASB trip. Here’s an update of what’s been going down in the Big Easy. Our group has been split into two sub-groups since Monday. One group has been working in LaPlace/Reserve, LA. The home in which we’ve been working was damaged by eight inches of water. A woman, who just took a second job, has two boys, and was forced to move out of her house because everything that touched the ground was destroyed. It’s hard to imagine what I’d lose if anything that touched the floor had to be trashed. The damaged sheetrock has been replaced from waist-level down. This requires us to match the textured upper wall to the new sheetrock, which sounds easy – it’s not! We then have to mud and prime the point where the walls meet so that we can add a chair rail in the middle such that we can hide the seam. Our site supervisor, Adam, is grateful for our help because our work saved him two weeks of stuff he would have had to do by himself.
The other group has been and will continue working at a house in Arabi, LA in the east New Orleans area. Our site supervisor, J.P., has been an interesting man from whom to learn. He knows so much about construction and shares great stories about his life experiences and his family in Ethiopia. At that site, we’re hanging doors, trimming doors and windows, mudding walls, cleaning up the yard, and painting the walls and ceilings. It’s tiresome work and we’re all much more sore than we were Monday morning. It’s worth it.
Right now, we’re all adding each other on GroupMe, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This is one of the few times you can be really social and everyone be on their phones in the same room. Make sure to follow our album on Facebook!