In December 2009 I took my fourth trip to Belize in two years. This time I brought along a few folks from Portland
Community College and we were joined by 18 college students from all over the U.S. We spent the next week constructing the first building for a
future orphanage, the caretaker's house.
The land was owned by Jaime and Nancy (back row, right) who had always dreamed of building an orphanage on their land. Jaime's an engineer
with the Belizean government and worked with us all week, showing us a new construction technique of using bags with compressed dirt. Unfortunately
it rained much of the week so we got "just a bit" muddy. But despite the rain and mud, we had a great time and made good
progress on the orphanage.