On January 3rd, we started our build at the ANCOP site after a morning orientation (history, mission statement, organization structure, goals) with the ANCOP team at the hotel. We traveled to Las Pinas city where we will be helping to finish ANCOP’s Markham Village.
We will be helping finish units in block 7. The entire village has been broken up into 52 lots in total (51 houses and 1 multi-purpose room).
Right from the beginning, we were welcomed with such open arms.
We had a tour of the village. What a drastic difference between the new build and the current living conditions of those that have not moved in yet.
Each home is only 20 square meters, most of them housing 4 or more family members.
We were taught how to do all of today’s tasks and then broken up into smaller teams. We made sure to rotate tasks giving everyone the opportunity to try something new.
The long lengths of rebar, bent rebar, and cut wire are all used to fabricate support beams.
Our most important station was building relationships with the kids!
After lunch, it started to rain so it gave us some time to play some games with the kids indoors.
The multi-purpose room had 2 upper levels so we broke up into 2 smaller groups.
Now it’s time to get back to work… it’s still raining but despite the adults advising us not to get wet, we wanted to continue building.
We were really proud of our work on the first day. We persevered through the elements and despite the steep learning curve, we got a lot accomplished. Off to dinner and then the hotel.
Day 2, bring it on!!!