December 15th, 2013: Day 2 in Nicaragua by Wayne Holscher

Posted by Lauren Rochholz on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM PST

The author of today's post is Wayne Holscher who is Facilities Resident Hall Maintenance for the Bellarmine and the Douglas residence halls.  Each day is written by a different member of the SU community making the PWOB trip to Nicaragua.

We started the project today after breakfast. We are building a sidewalk to replace a trail which is often like a slip-n-slide in the rainy season. We picked up our tools to start building the forms; Antonio, Vladimir, Victor, and Ricky, a group of kids completing their Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos year-in-service kids jumped in and worked alongside us. I think the main reason they were helping us was to get the project done quicker so they could play and win soccer and volleyball sooner.

As we suspected, they did want to play soccer and volleyball, and they did win…at everything. We have noticed with volleyball they just wanted to keep the ball in the air, even if that means kicking or head butting. No rules, just fun. The kids of NPH just want to have fun and we are reminded that this is easy to forget.

Later in the evening we shared our thoughts on the Ronald Rolheiser reading from his book, The Holy Longing. We split up into small groups and took games and toys with us to dinner at the girls’ houses. It was a lot of fun. I got to know Abigail and helped her with her English. She read to me to practice before she starts at the university this fall.