Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pozo Completado

On Tuesday Morning February 28th the newly made well cover was rolled from the front of the school and carefully installed. The rope pump was put in place and everything fit perfectly. A job WELL DONE!!!!!!!

Installing the new concrete well cover

The new rope pump for clean water

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Heading back to Boston

It'll be good to be back home but we'll miss our new friends in San Juan. We learned a lot from them and hopefully gave something back in the last week. Adios amigos!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Update: Baston And Ancianos

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: Mobile Library Trip

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

Tuesday Morning

We split into two groups this morning. One group travelled by pickup truck to a local village to help the Mobil Library loan books to the students there. That trip will be covered in another post -- hopefully.
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.

Sifting manure.

Walls and Doors -- Photos from around town

More after the jump...