As usual the alarm went off at 6:00 with the breakfast bell ringing at 6:10PM. The breakfast was wonderful with fresh papaya, eggs, pancakes and some meat. As always, the coffee was just wonderful. We had several projects going on today, including water filtration systems (100), arts and crafts (necklaces today), painting classrooms at the middle school, sewing classes, clinic, basketball court, marketing classes and I am sure there are a few I am forgetting. The morning was overcast, but we knew it would burn off soon, so I decided to help with the basketball court, while it was a little cooler. We mixed a little bit of concrete for the footing at the end of the court and then began the tedious process of tying rebar on 10 inch centers. Several had straightened out the rebar the day before, so they were laid out 10 inches apart. We then took the rebar and put them across the others in a perpendicular position and began tying them, This went on all morning, then we broke for lunch at 11:45. Lunch was delicious and I was prepared to have a lighter afternoon, helping with the water filtration systems. The water team was to travel about 30 minutes away and assemble the stands with the villagers and then the villagers were to paint them. Unfortuately, I missed the van, so I had the choice of staying at the ranch and resting or going to the middle school to help. We rode the bus to the middle school, but at this point the only things that were going on were painting and tying rebar. There weren’t enough paint brushes, so the only thing left was tying rebar. We learned later that we tied 2,000 ties and one day. We worked until 4:30 in order to finish the job, but I can’t remember when I have been more tired. We boarded the bus and headed back to the ranch to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. Dinner was very good and I even splurged and got an ice cream sandwich. After dinner we heard all about the various projects. For the water project, the villagers came out to help assemble the stands and this was a great success. The children loved their arts and crafts and the sewing classes were even enjoyed by the boys. They sewed satchels, pillows and simple items. The boys really liked the material with race cars on them and the girls liked adding lace to the pillows. The sewing machines were donated by Rotary about 5 years ago and this seems to be a sustainable project. The classrooms are being painted in what I call Honduran blue, which is a very bright blue, and the ladies are doing a wonderful job. We have a GSU marketing professor with us, who did a 3 hour seminar on marketing for the ranch personnel. We were told that they asked intelligent questions and seemed genuinely interested. The veterinarian team always has wonderful stories to tell us. They drove nearly 2 hours away to get to a village to work with their animals. They do surgeries, castrations, neuters, spays, deworming, and anything else that needs to be done. This year we have a vet that specializes in chickens and always has great stories. The clinic was open this morning and our doctor told us she was starting to see some of the same problems here that she sees in the US, such as diabetes and hypertension, which means that Hondurans are not having as many of the 3rd world illnesses as they used to, such as water born illnesses. In other words the water filtration systems are doing a good job. It will be another early night for many of us, but the domino players will be up for awhile.