Gary’s Brick Factory in Nepal
GARY: This is the brick factory and the tarp we put up, so we could work during the rain and keep everything going.
And these are the bricks.
This is the same system I have on the farm in Ecuador, except it’s a more modern version and seven years newer. This factory will turn out 750 blocks per hour when it’s in full operation. What’s beautiful about it is they’re made out of the dirt—95 percent dirt, 5 percent cement.
These blocks have a terrific bearing strength, stronger than a cinder block. So the design that I made, that we’re building their homes and school with, has a seismic quality to withstand a 12 earthquake.
For the first time in 13 months, these people truly have hope. As Nikki Davis, Young Living Foundation Executive Director, mentioned, my goal is to teach them. I’ve trained 26 of the village members to operate the brick factory, and it’s going on every day. We’re running only one shift because the rains are so bad right now. But we’ve trained them so they can build their own village. I have two people there. This is teaching the people to fish, not giving them the fish. When this village is built, then we’ll move on to the next one. There are only 600 left to go.
In America today, families are gathering to enjoy dinner together, with often three or more generations of family members, who will relish each other’s company and give thanks for all they have and for being together.
Our Young Living family has much to be grateful for. We continue to share the gift of health and wellness with friends and acquaintances. As more and more people learn how essential oils and supplements support and enhance health, our global presence continues to grow.
We are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of Young Living members who are taking our message of health and prosperity to people throughout the world.
I have always believed that a grateful person is a happy person—that challenges and setbacks are just opportunities to grow! Wherever you are, whether this day is a holiday to you or not, take the time to give thanks to your Maker for all that you are and have.
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The kitchen area of Gary’s Yarsa Motel complex for the Foundation workers and crew.
GARY: What was this, Son?
JACOB: Oh, that’s the kitchen.
GARY: Yes, it’s the kitchen where we prepared our meals. But it was quite modern. We fixed it up pretty nice, didn’t we?
JACOB: Yes—and we could actually find stuff in that kitchen.
GARY: This is where we slept, in tents. If you go back with us to help us build the school, you’ll have the honor of staying in Gary’s Yarsa Motel.
More of Gary’s Yarsa Motel camp with solar panel.
JACOB: And you know, you’ll get little friends at night. They’re really cute; they’ve got like six or eight legs or something. Some of them actually don’t have legs. They just come and cuddle up right next to you. One was really warm—went down my shirt, though.
GARY: We put in solar panels so we could have hot water and also a solar refrigerator. Oh, it was quite convenient. This is our outhouse where we had toilets and showers. It was just like downtown. A little rustic perhaps.
Yarsa woman preparing food on her clay stoves.
GARY: This picture shows the typical conditions inside the houses they are living in. If you look on the right side, you can see kind of a mud/clay stove, and that’s exactly what it is. That’s what they cook on and that’s what they heat with. There’s no chimney. What are the insides of the houses like, Son?
Jacob driving the Bobcat to clear earthquake rubble, so new homes can be built.
JACOB: They’re basically a ton of tin, two or three pieces of plywood, and five or six 2’x4’s.
GARY: It was pretty sad. Jacob arrived and spent the last week with me there, and it was an experience. At first, the people didn’t think that I, the owner of the foundation, would work, because that’s just something that isn’t done.
And then when my son came and they saw him working, that was another shock to them. It was so beautiful, because we just got in and became a team, didn’t we? And everybody just did what was needed. This was when Jacob arrived. There’s Jacob in the Bobcat moving debris from the collapsed homes, so we could start preparing for the foundations.
GARY: Boy, the kids were excited! I spent 3½ days on the school site dismantling the old tin sheds that they had put up for the schoolchildren, so I could level the ground. Then we could start pouring the foundations. After I drove the backhoe off from the site after leveling it, it didn’t take the children even 5 minutes to show up there.
What was interesting is that I talked to the village people about the children needing an athletic field, and they said, “No, no, no, no; they don’t really play sports.”
JACOB: Well, we sure figured that story out in 5 seconds.
Children playing soccer on the ground that was newly leveled to rebuild their school.
GARY: What were the kids doing in this photo?
JACOB: Looks like they’re playing soccer.
GARY: Yes, and how many hours did they play soccer?
JACOB: Only about 3 or 4!
GARY: Yes! And they told us, “Oh, let’s not build the school here. We want to play soccer!”