On Saturday morning folks from town came to help pour the cement roof on my one-room house. They showed up at around 5:00 and were done pouring the roof by 9:00. The masons led the job with head mason Cenord Oxima in charge. There were also a few paid 'mixers' and 'food makers'. Other than that, it was volunteer labor...in exchange for a meal. The deal here in town is that if you help me when I pour my roof, I'll help you when you pour yours (like New Orleans funeral musicians: "You play at my funeral, I'll play at yours."). For a town that struggles with unity, these days are great examples of it.
Missionary in Haiti.