Hurry Up and Wait!

Today was a tough day for the delegates.  We spent the morning sorting all of the boxes in the gym, narrowing it down from town or region to individual families and destinations.  We had hoped that we would be getting approval to release everything from bond and start delivering, but it did not happen.  Now we will have to wait until tomorrow morning at the earliest.  This means that the delegation ended up unable to do anything for the last part of the day with all of this work hanging over our heads!  The delegation starts heading home one week from today which really does not leave us much time to get everything done, so this is very frustrating.

As a result I took very few pictures (I promise not to let this happen again) but I have a few from yesterday to add.  I had mentioned all of the help we had from local people.  Here is a picture where you can see 3 of the Chausy Firefighters helping.  Most of us were in our T-shirts by the end so I can only imagine how hot these guys were in their coats and hats:


Help from the “Invalid Family” organization comes in all ages. In this picture you can see 2 ladies working together carrying a box:


I also mentioned that we had dinner in the Malcomson House at the Chausy Orphanage, here are a couple of pictures.  You will notice that we have included our interpreters and drivers in these celebratory, moments as without them we would be unable to accomplish anything. They are critical members of our team!



It may be hard to tell from this picture, but at this point the boxes are completely organized so that we can find what we need very quickly:


As I mentioned we are hoping to have approval to start delivering tomorrow as well as get the 3rd and final container unloaded.

Keep your fingers crossed and tune in tomorrow as we are hoping for progress!

Eric McKenzie

6 thoughts on “Hurry Up and Wait!

  1. Nancy Grundy

    Wonderful to see the pictures. Having visited Chausy 2 years ago, I am so impressed with the new Malcomson House….wonderful home and a great learning experience for the kids.
    Please give our warm wishes, a big thank you to all the volunteers that live in Belarus and volunteers that have travelled to help. Our wishes for a warm spring and wonderful summer to the staff and students. Keep up the good work.
    Wishes to Hope for the Future staff, say Hi to all.

  2. Michael Guy

    Eric thanks for posting the pictures. It is nice to see familiar places and faces. “Hurry up and wait” seems to be the standard process in Chausy.

    It is wonderful to see the inside of Malcomson House.

  3. Elizabeth Stromberg

    I am full of admiration for your hard work – and your tenacity in the face of setbacks!

  4. Cathy

    So sorry the day wasn’t as productive as you had hoped. Keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes well for tomorrow and many hands will make for quick work. “3 Cheers” for all your hard work.

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