Out of the entire team, Bob may have had the hardest job while at Foyer--fixing their washing machines. To add to the adventure, they were models he'd never seen made by a little known French manufacture. Let's not mention the extra challenges of language and cultural barriers and the fact the orphanage is powered via solar power.
Here's Bob's rendition of the story:
My day at the orphanage was split between playing with kids and trying to fix at least one of the three non working clothes washers. All washing was done by hand - clothes, linens, and cloth diapers for 120 kids.
I got into the back of two and found very worn belts and lots of rust. I ended up getting one to work poorly as a washer and weak spinner. The other worked well after I pounded on the motor and forced the agitator to turn. After some very load screeches it started to work with a vengeance. We quickly added water( none were hooked up to water) and clothes and it worked great until it just stopped and then started draining water onto the floor. What a mess. I mopped and toweled - Put both washers back together and got ready to leave.
But when I came back, the laundry women had moved the one washer into the tub room and was running a load. I cut some hose and attached it to the drain outlet- and she was all smiles - although the photo does not show it.
It still needs a new belt but for now it works. Praise the Lord!