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CLawrence Caitlin Lawrence

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  • 29 years old
  • From New York, United States
  • Currently in Urubamba, Peru

A day of work

Clean Burning stoves

A day of work

Peru Urubamba, Peru  |  Jun 28, 2011
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So today I went to work in Urubamba at 8:00- I over slept so I didn't get to eat breakfast. Which was a tragedy. Hamie who is in charge of my clean burning stoves projects arrived at ProPery house at 8:30 and the word that well all dread in the morning "Vamos Chicos" was said and we were headed out the door. We walked a block or two and flagged down some Motos. I rode with Hamie to work today which I love because he thinks that it is hysterical when I get scared during the drive when we approach a large pothole- and then drive over it- making the entire vechile shake and wobble. Somehow everything I do and say ammuses him beyong belief. I asked what house we would be working in today and he said "La casa Triste Triste" The sad sad house. Yes there are more then one named the casa triste. I hate the sad sad house for obvious reasons. Extreme poverty, insects- and animals everywhere. And know for having an unfriendly dog who has bit Hamie before. The family that lives there is a very old woman who has bad authritis which disables her from being productive in daily activities. Cleaning, cooking, and so on. Her daughter who is most likely in here 30's or 40's and her young daughter who is around the age of two. They were welcoming with kisses and smiles, typical peruvian personalities. Which never fade, even in the darkest of times. The family was just plain happy to have assistance. We spent our hours testing a Pre-exisiting stove installed approximately about two years ago. Being an older model made with different materials then the current model we use- a ceramic cooktop- as apposed to burrough- which is mud mixed with Human, cacti, and Cuy hair. Also burrough is more afforable and less time consuming to make. Eventho the ceramic cooktop results are cleaner and smother looking, and more visually pleasing, the results were significant.We wanted to examine the difference between the older model and the one we currently use. We chopped up wood, and lit the fire within the small furnace of the stove. Filled two pots with water and sat and waited for the stove to heat up and the water to boil. As we patiently waited for our results we discussed with Hamie about the different forms of social classes that exist in America. How the rich stay rich, and the poor stay poor. How having an education completely shapes your future and the success you will have. Whenever we seem to have conversations about the places that us volunteers originate from- it feels hard to tell the whole truth- because you know how much more priveledged we are- and how life in Peru is polar opposite. You find yourself wanting to explain the way you live- without sounding like you are bragging. It is hard to explain this while not sounding like you are belittling the life of Peruvians. It is amusing how talking about yourself sometimes isn't the best idea. However I find that listening to others is just as important as sharing. And it appears that the more time that I spend here- the more information I learn about societies all over the world  how they function. Finally the results showed themselves. The older model used twice as much wood to heat the stove, and it took three times the amount of time to boil the water. We realized how much more efficent the newer model Hamie spent a lot of time creating was. We felt very content with the results. Later on during the day other volunteers will re-visit the house to deconstruct the old stove and install the new model. It wasn't a very eventful day physically but it was nice to see that we can continue to improve the quailty of peoples lives- in whatever way we can. It may not sound very significant to the average person, but compared to our new model, it is fantastic. I learn more second by second. Oh how I love the life of Peru. For I will miss it more then words will ever be able to describe. I haven't even left yet- and somehow all I can think about is how I can't await the day that I will be able to return to the beautiful land.

Must dash- to the market for Lunch with my family. I wonder what it will be!

Until we meet again- I will leave you with a quote to think about.

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."

~ Danny Thomas

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    maureenlawrence wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2011
    Hi Cait,
    Keep building those stoves!!!
    You are doing great things. Hope you are enjoying yourself and having a great experience while you are there. Love you lots. Can't wait to see you at home and hug and kiss you!!!!
    Keep going with your dream. We are proud of you. Mom
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