Neighbouring Habitat Houses.
Friday 21 March 2008
Neighbouring Habitat Houses.
The family members work alongside the team to repair the plaster and prepare it for painting.
Josh and Alec finishing the sidewalk foundations.
The BBQ on the hills. The view of Csurgo is spectacular and the food wonderful.
The gang sing and dance around the bonfire!
Wednesday 19 March 2008
The trees after planting!!
Tuesday 18 March 2008
Monday 17 March 2008
Beannachtaí Lá Feile Padraig!!!
The Leaders sport their Paddy's Day Rigouts!!
Sunday 16 March 2008
Today was a difficult day for the team as an agressive vomitting bug swept its way through the hard working and exhausted troops. A number of the team were ill throughout the day, which was very unfortunate as today was our day off from the site. However, the troops that remained standing braved the icy waters of Lake Gekenyese and sang songs over a camp fire and gorged goulash til the night grew dim! As the ashes faded, so did the songs and laughter until the faint crys of zip, zap and boing echoed through the hills of South West Hungary! Tomorrow the team will venture back to the trenches of the the Habitat Site and celebrate St, Patrick's Day and paint O'Csurgo green!! Faith and begorra!! Top of the Habitat to ye all!!! Slán agus póg me I'm Irish!!!!!
The Gang (2nd SCC Habitat Battalion)
Saturday 15 March 2008
This is a picture of an appartment block in central Csurgo. One of the families we are building the houses for currently live in a small, run down appartment within the block. The building was built by the Russians in 1950 to a very poor standard. Water leaks into all floors when it rain and damp and mould are found throughout.
Another local appartment block, not far from the town park.
This is the Csurgo Town Hall, where the local council sit. The beautifully restored community centre is oppositite, although not completed yet.
The view from the CBA, one of the local supermarkets. This is main street Csurgo, a town with a population of 6000 people. Although the town is run down in some places it is impecible clean and crime free.
Plumber on site, connecting sealing the sewage pipes!
Frances started the day with a plastering age of 3 but progressed to age 12 by lunchtime!!
Friday 14 March 2008
Cronners and John comparing shovers again!
Some of the team are seen here insulating the foundation. The temperature in Csurgo can be as low as -15 degrees in the winter!
The end of the day and all the insulation is finished (we must plaster over the aeroboard later), the main trench is finished and the connecting trench is nearly done!
Good job everyone!!!
Oh and Happy Birthday Rebecca Murtagh!!!!
Thursday 13 March 2008
We've just finished our group meeting, after a long, satisfying day. The mood was wonderfully upbeat. We were told we shifted about 30,000 kilos of earth.
We started digging at about 9 a.m. after being shown the first Habitat houses built in Csurgo. The town of about 6000 people suffers quite high unemployment and is a bit down at heel in places, though spotlessly clean and very safe: no crime to speak of. The two families were on site and the husbands,Istvan and Sandor,were digging the sewage trench with us all day. We saw the interiors of the duplex whose frame last year's Columban team had constructed. They're nearly finished and it is hoped the two families will take possession in May. Their pride in their emerging homes lifts the heart.
After a lunch break 12-2, we worked on till four. Dinner at 6 then a guided walk around Csurgo with our site supervisor,Peter. The town was rather eerily quiet. Now a few are playing pool, but I suspect many of us will be asleep early.
All the gang!!!! (No one missing this time)
The dynamic duo, back in action!
Pottsy DIGS DEEP (Get it?) Some of the diggers!!!
Most of the gang in action!
Pottsy & Ed stuck in a hole!