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Bollywood and Hank Marvin was worse than Glyn on a bad day. After lunch inspected other build sites but decided we were lucky where we were. Worked all afternoon with Preem the Builder laying course after course of bricks for the internal gables. Sour faced Preem presumably looks so tight lipped because he thinks we are a bunch of cowboys.


Clive in the shit all afternoon mixing the plaster for walls – mud and cow dung. Call goes out either “More mud” from the brickies or “More shit” from the plasterers. Mad panic to finish as much render as possible before knocking off time. Knackered! Another pep talk then dinner. Raining so sit inside! Long discussion about Africa (Malawi and Kenya) with Maria. She and Darius work in IT in merchant bank in City. Jess is studying games design at Brunel Uni. So to bed!


Day 4: Woke again with cough & cold – Splutter, splutter! No hot water at 5.30am so cold wash. Himalayas look wonderful in the morning sun from terrace – first clear glimpse of full sweep of the range. Had a talking to because some of us GB crew had been rowdy the night before (not me, long past my bedtime!) and told the Habitat guy to piss off – very stern – sending home stuff! Get off early and set too to finish the inner gable. Takes all morning then long dispute with Glyn on how to build the roof – how to splice bamboo poles, which way round were the rafters and purlins, how to fix the roof sheeting? Turns out we are both saying the same thing in the end so Engineer and Builder finally agree – hooray! Lunch in marquee excellent as usual – wonderful spiced spinach.


Talked to a woman from Auckland about Cook Islands and the economic situation in NZ – bloody Kiwis are everywhere! Afternoon finishing off brickwork and plastering followed by more discussion on the roof construction. Both Preem the Builder and Hera the house owner who is also a builder are unfamiliar with the Habitat technology. For H&S reasons we have been forbidden to do the precarious business of balancing on the bamboos to erect the roof. They may of course be deferring or embarrassed to tell us Brits what to do. Peter is very insistent that they beef up the ridge member. Preem looks miserable and Hera worried.


Little Asok is getting cheekier and cheekier as he gets to know us better. Friend Zulu has a little English. There was a performance when Zulu seems to have stolen the yoyo Nigel gave Asok. Nigel ticked off for giving selectively! Back early – sat with Charlie from Huddersfield on the bus – at first sight a bit of a slob but turned out to be delightful. He was over the moon with the trip and the experience of helping the poor in Nepal. Definitely do it again. Just shows – mustn’t judge by appearances. No hot water so hung about after divesting myself of all my clothes.


After dinner, Glyn had arranged a meeting with lady President Rashmi and past President Asok of the Dhulikel Rotary Club. Astonished by the work that the Club does. Building eye hospital, previously sponsored Big Build for HfH, close ties with Rotary in Oz, President of Nepal is an hon. Member. Average age is 45-55. Nepal has 84 Rotary Clubs and has achieved one of the 15 most successful Rotary countries in the world. Very interesting on healthcare – Ali’s thing. Hospitals are free but are few and lack doctors and equipment. Few qualified doctors want to work in rural areas for peanuts. Health workers operate clinics


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