Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Computer Classes To Start In Janurary.

Thanks to a donation by one of our supporters we now have four beautiful computers which will be installed in a newly remolded room adjacent to the library. The room should be ready in the first week of the new year.
 
Thank you Paul and please keep reading the blog.

We have now broken through the wall doubleing the size of library. This new room is where we will install the new computers.
 

Twas The Day Before Christmas....And The Last Day Of Classes Until Jan. 5th.

Today is Christmas Eve and before we closed for the day we sang a few Christmas songs in English and Spanish. Greg, a volunteer from Canada provided the music.
 
 
After the songs we had wrapped presents for all the kids and asked them to open them at home. I did not know they would take this idea, but was pleasantly surprised that all most all left the school with the wrapping in tact. There was a few holes punched into the wrappers but that was that.
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Re-cycling Contest Has Started

When Yannick had to leave, Michael from the UK took over as Re-cycling director.
 

 

 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Christmas Program Was A Big Hit.

The big day arrived with a sky full of clouds and it looked like it would rain at any time; however, by 10:00 the sky was clearing and it was another buitiful day here at Katitawa. As usual the program, although slated to begin at 10, finally got underway around 11:30.

There was a mass scheduled to start the program, but the priest apparently had something better to do and we started without him. Sam, one of the volunteers from the USA who had left a few weeks eariler, came back for the presentation. He served a local beverage to the guests while they were waiting.
 
Some of the invited guests were from a preschool that is operated by the state and occupies the same complex where we house the volunteers. They were getting a little bored waiting since the group arrived by truck right on time.
 
 
The first part of the was a re-enactment of the event that that a large part of the world celebrates every year....The birth of Jesus.
 
Joseph and Mary arrive at the inn only to find that there was no room. They were advised that they could staye in the stable with the sheep which they accepted.
 
Later that evening Mary gave birth to a child and an angel appeared announcing that a child was born and was the son of God.
 
Mary appears in the stable and says, "His name is Jesus."
 
It isn't long before the kings arrive looking for the star. They see it on top of the stable and bring in their gifts.
 
A short time later a cow comes bringing some milk. A chicken with some eggs, and a lamb with some wool.
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Danish Tourists visit Katitawa

A few weeks ago a busload of tourists from Denmark visited the school. They were impressed by what they saw, and one even left a cash donation.
 
After talking with a volunteer, the man in the center volunteered his daughter. I told him that she would be welcome. So, If you read this blog....This is just a reminder.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Look For The Football Pitch

 
A few weeks ago now, a couple of guys, (Michael and Kit), from the UK, decided to revamp the football pitch……For those from the US, that would be “the soccer Field. The goals are now more realistic for the size of the field
and can be removed when we install basketball hoops, to make the space more versatile. We will also include a removable volley ball net in the center as Ecuavoly, a game played with three players on each side, is popular all over Ecuador.
Louise, another volunteer from the UK is weaving one of the nets to give pitch an official look. Kit, the co-designer and grounds-keeper stops by with Sam, a Volunteer from the USA, and discusses the urgency of the job because of the big game scheduled for 1:30. Kit asks Sam to learn the fine arts of netmaking from Louise and get started on the net at the other end of the pitch.
 
 


It is almost 1:30, and the big game between Ecuador and Japan is about to start.

The National Anthem has been sung.
 
The fans in the bleachers are ready.


 
The teams are ready.

 
The Ref has his instructions....

And is ready for the toss of the coin to see what goal and whatever else they decide.
 

 

 


And the game is on.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Library Will Have A New Address

The library has been painted and it looks wonderful…..A big difference from what it looked like when we moved in. There are two things that we would like to accomplish before we make the move from Salasaca Central.

1. Install a gas heater to keep the humidity down and the temperature level. At present it feels like a damp basement. Not good for the books or serious study. There is one window in the room that gives you a view of the stair-well that leads to the second level. We will install the heater in the stair-well with a vent to the library. Since we have installed good lighting in the room we will block off the rest of the view.

2. The floors in the two downstairs rooms are rough cement. The only problem with this is that it is difficult to clean and the dust that comes in from the road is a problem and when you sweep it just stirs it up. Since it will be a major problem for the library we decided to tile the room before moving the books. This we hope to accomplish this week so that we can move the books on the weekend.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Quarters Are Working Out Well

The volunteers are now in the new quarters in the community of Manguiwa, about two KM southwest of Salasaca central. By the end of the month we will also move the library to the same building.

This past two weeks have been spent, cleaning, painting and moving into the new location which except for the on-again-off-again water supply, has proved to be great and everyone is happy.
 
The surrounding landscapes are beautiful. A view of Tungurahua is seen through the kitchen window on occasion and views of Ilinisa, Cotapoxi and Chimborazo are available from the roof….When they choose to present themselves. The sunsets from the roof are also available for viewing 50% of the time. You rarely saw them from the downtown location.

There is one distinct advantage for the location….No more Pedro, who woke everyone each morning, anywhere from 5:30 to 6:30 with his daily announcements, always starting with an “Alo”. The only exception was when there had been a death in the village and then, you were awakened to Simon and Garfunkel`s, “The sound of silence”.