|The new rope pump for clean water|
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The main activity today was helping the Jean Brugger Foundation host a lunchtime party for the "ancianos" (the elderly) of San Juan. I missed the morning preparations for it because I was with a small group finishing up with some of the painting at the Baston school. By the time we got to the harborside restaurant where the party was being hosted it was in riotous full swing -- the people of San Juan love music and dancing and there was a lot of both at this event.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Wednesday morning once again saw the group spilt into two posses -- one to head back to Baston and one out to nearby villages to help out the San Juan Del Sur Biblioteca Movil distribute books to school kids. Here are a few photos from the latter trip.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The second group, of which I was a part, went back to Baston to continue our work at the school. The day started out cool and breezy but steadily got hotter and hotter, by noon we were a pretty sad looking, sweaty, exhausted bunch. In the end though, we made a good dent in the pretty daunting amount of work that needs to be finished before we leave for the states.
One major task of ours is to plant some fruit trees that will be used to supplement the kid's government supplied lunches. To that end we dug up some manure from the neighboring farm, sifted it and then hauled it back to the site in wheel barrows where we crushed some sort of rocky substance with big wooden mauls and mixed the resulting dirt, the manure and water to form a gelatinous mass of nutrient-rich loose soil for the saplings.