By Trisha Goddard, Partners for Paraguay
In 2006, Mike and I bought our home here in Paraguay. For years, we dreamed of having an office built, and this year it became reality. I could have easily become frustrated with the way construction is done here because it is nothing like how my professional contractor dad would do it. Instead, I decided to take the opportunity to learn, watch, and value the construction workers by saying “thank you” in tangible ways – providing ice, cold water, or a treat of hot cinnamon rolls, and offering the use of our ladders and extension cords to make their job easier. We made a bathroom and shower available so they could clean up before heading home from a long and dusty work day in 100-degree weather, and we cleaned up the bathroom and job site daily.