Building a House Day Two
As day two starts time is short, all the volunteers have day jobs they need to get back to on Monday. Work continues though through to early hours Sunday morning!
With the roof on, running power was possible! A deal was struck with a neighbor to purchase power for a few Ringets a day (one Ringet equals about $0.25 USD).
DIY home building is normal for much of rural Malaysia. It is typical to see partial finished homes. They build what they can afford and as funds become available one buys more materials and continues with their home. Large mortgage.. no thank you!
Supplies and donations keep coming in! EarthCruiser Alpha was very handy for charging up power tools. It was also a place to direct from out of the rain… and when it rained it really rained!
Getting close to completion, a septic system installed and shower enclosure are all under way. In the ground is a well to supply drinking water for the home and restaurant. No need for utility bills here!
Thomas and his crew deserve much more recognition than this, but they well never ask for it.
Time for the final touches, everybody helps! It is Malaya tradition to touch ones chest after meeting a stranger. This means “I meet you from my heart”.
Beds are donated by the local 4×4 club.
Did you forget about the briefing?!
The relief crew pitches up large tarps between two trees or four wheel drives. Makes complete sense for a quick set up in monsoon weather for sleeping and eating. Camp stretchers (Oztent Brand and old Malayan military issued) are used to keep everyone off the ground.
Things are about to improve for this family. 4×4 Relief Malaysia starts to help them pack up for the move.