After some time thinking, and really seeking the best solution for us, the children and our programs, we decided to switch apartments with a Mongolian family on the 1st floor who were more than willing to move to a nice apartment on the 5th floor. I knew there would be some work to be done before we could start taking children, but I don't think any of us realised just how much work it would be until we actually got there. Everyday it seemed like we found something that needed to be added to the rapidly growing list of fixing needs and things to do. The windows were rotten and broken and need to be replaced. The walls were covered in scribble, so needed to be painted. Aside from that just about every other surface also needed to be painted. Plumbing needed to be fixed, lino needed to be laid (as well as felt and carpet to try and insulate the floors a bit)... the list continued.
After just over a week of working all day, everyday, with lots of help from people and friends around us who blessed us so much- from painting and cleaning, to preparing food for us and looking after the staff children. The work was a lot, and sometimes seemed never ending, but the atmosphere was fun as we worked together, and the results were quite amazing. So much so that I think the new place is even looking nicer than the old apartment!
Take a look for yourself...
|This window actually had a panel of glass missing, |
replaced with a mosquito screen (they are double windows)-
no wonder the apartment was cold!
|The hallway paper had to come off, but we soon realised why it had been put up. |
The wall was full of holes! So... plastering was the job of the hour..
|The bathroom looked so dark and dank (partly the mold, and partly|
the hideous paint and wall stickers, and completely covered window)
|The entrance needed a bit of work to convey the warm welcome that we wanted.|
|The wall... the window...|
|Having some fun while we worked J|
|There was a job for everyone...|
|Taking out the old windows|
|2 guys, and 2 hours- not bad really!|
|Now are you seeing the difference?!|
|There's that welcoming entrance we were looking for!|
|Children at work...|
|A new place, and some new toys! Thanks Mum and Dad, this one was a real "hit"! J
|Oh those precious faces- how I love them!|
|Busy at work again|
|This is one of my favourite pictures- the end of a long afternoon, |
closing up with a good story!