|Speaking of space - here was my space at base camp. I had a cot that I put my air mattress on, which was so much nicer than sleeping on the floor. I had my own fan after the first night, which was luxury. And I had a spot to hang up my mosquito net.|
|Clockwise from top left: we stayed in a church banquet hall that relies on a cistern for water, so the gray water from the sinks were used for toilet flushing. |
The dishwashing station was outside the kitchen door (wash, rinse, sanitize system going on there!).
There were four indoor showers for 70 people, so I usually opted for the outdoor, port-o-shower option which was hose-fed (cold water only). Due to the limited amount of water, we took 90-second Navy showers (good thing my dad trained us well on his Coast Guard ships during kids' weekends!!).
The outside of the building (where the ladders slept). Inside the door on the bottom floor, all the supplies and tools are stored. Each team has a little taped off square on the floor with all the things you will need for the day. Once the vans arrived, we loaded up and hit the road.
The inside of the second floor where we slept and had a kitchen (middle photo). We made our own breakfasts and lunches (yeah, don't ask what I was "cooking" myself). Dinner was made by an awesome local woman - Maekiaphan, mother of 12. During the storm, she and her husband cooked and distributed more than 3,500 meals to those in need after the two hurricanes hit the island. She was even featured on Good Morning America!
The last photo is everyone's boots - left so as to not contaminate base camp.
|Work in progress - chipping away sheetrock stuck between screws and framing. (And yes, I know you're not supposed to stand on top of a ladder but that was the tallest one we had and I held onto the door frame just in case!)|