If you who have followed the happenings of the GLA Toddler House since the beginning of the blog back in 2008 you may recall the wooden play set that a church in the States so kindly donated to us in early 2009 after they had redone their playground with a newer model.
The set has been well used by the over 150 kids that have lived inside these walls since then. We’ve been through rainy season after rainy season, hurricane weather, earthquake and after shocks, and still it stands. Several individuals have replaced wood here or there, reinforced pieces, and tightened screws. But since the start of this rainy season we noticed the wood, with its thinning protective coat of paint, was starting to rot in several places at once. So we had to shut down part of the set and keep the kids off until… exactly at the time we need God sent Angela who had the time and know how to remove that which was unusable and repair the areas of concern. The exact hardware needed to bring the bridge back to life was impossible to find and she spent quite some time rummaging through John’s various nuts and bolts to find over a dozen fasteners and alter them to suit the job.
Then this afternoon we had a break in the clouds and Nikki and 5 of the volunteers applied a fresh layer of paint over all of the random bare, green, red, blue, purple, and stained pieces of wood that made up the whole unit. I could not believe how quickly they worked. What I thought would be a two day job, they accomplished in a single afternoon. With the stars shining tonight we hope it will have sufficient time to dry completely before the next April showers try to work their damp decaying effects on the set, only to be deflected by its new protective shield. Good as new!! Thanks to all those involved!
Posted on Fri, April 15, 2011