Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas to all.

The Christmas program went well. You will love the pictures. Give me another day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It Has Been A Long Time Since I have Posted.

We have been busy here and the time spent on the Internet has been minimal and on this blog....almost zero. I promise an update on what we are doing here at least twice a week.

We are trying to finish the Andean Cross in the front of the new classrooms by the 21st of the December when we will have the official inauguration of the the construction project that we started in July.

I am having trouble posting the pictures that we took today and hope to have the problem solved tomorrow. Please check in tomorrow.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The room is almost finished!

Well, me and Sam are off today, but we´re really pleased with the progress we´ve made, and we hope you are too. The painting is completely finished, and we´ve bought the lights, which should be up before Christmas! Keep checking back for updates on the room, and for now here is a picture of what we´ve been up to.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Paint Goes On...

Just another update of the library storage room project! The ceiling is completely finished now, lovely fresh white, and we´ve begun work on painting the walls. Looks really bright and welcoming already, and I´m sure by the time it´s finished (which hopefully will be in the next couple of weeks) it´ll look like a completely different space. Here are some photos of Sam and me getting our hands dirty! Thanks once again to all who have donated, and please keep supporting us so we can get this room completely finished!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Progression of our Storage Room!

We´ve had some exciting developments in the storage room renovation. In the past couple of weeks we´ve managed to clear almost everything out of the room (interesting things found included a collection of jeans and shoes, two books of slides, minutes of meetings from 20 years ago, and lots and lots of bugs!). We´ve scrubbed the walls and the ceiling and have bought all the paint, rollers and brushes. The walls will be a lovely sunny orange, and the ceiling, which we hope to start painting today, will be coated with a fresh layer of white paint. Photos of the decorated room will hopefully be up soon, but for now, here is a photo of our clean(ish) scrubbed and swept room. Keep looking for updates, and thanks once again to all the generous donators. We still need some more funds to buy floor tiles so please do keep giving!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Storage Room Project

The storage room project at the library is well underway, thanks to some generous donations. The hope is to repaint, tile and fit the room with tables and seating so that it becomes a much-needed meeting and studying room. Here are some before pictures so you can track our progress! There is lot of stuff to clear and sort out, and a lot of cleaning to be done, but we´re making the important first steps. We´ve also begun to renovate the furniture already in the room - Here is Sam and some of the children working on sanding down a bench to get it ready for repainting.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Day In the Life of Sara

Hiya, I´m Sara and today I´m going to take you with me on one of my favourite days volunteering in Salasaca. We wake up as per tradition to the sound of Robert singing and then walk up to Escuela Katitawa surrounded by the snowy volcanoes, accompanied by Merkin and Blaze, our two homeless dogs cum volunteers.

We spend the morning at the school on “the girl wall” (named due to the contrast between us mosaiccing and the guys pushing wheelbarrows full of massive rocks). Rob does a condor while I manage to put the moon with its back to the sun so Rufino has to inform me it looks like the gods are fighting. While Dan knocks us up an open fire to cook the kids lunch we oblige the endless requests for piggy backs and swing pushing from the cute but tireless nursery kids.

After lunch we head down to the library where I teach 6 awesome 11 year old girls English. They teach me multiple rude words in Quichua and we sing a few of our favourites, number one: heads shoulders knees and toes. They’re awesome company, hysterical, affectionate and mega keen to learn. At the end of class Sisa runs off and brings me back a puppy (impractical maybe but lesson planning done, puppy related vocabulary for the rest of the week).

We head back to the hostel where Fabiola is dancing round the kitchen cooking soup, which is followed by our daily desert, today chocolate crepes courtesy of little Jen and Ed. Later, we sit outside wrapped up in blankets while Chris and Dan jam with the violin. Full and knackered we head to bed, where I proceed to be woken hourly by the pup, to take her out and listen to the chorus of donkeys, twilight barking and finally the roosters crowing.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Goodbye Summer!

We had a great round of summer classes at the Rosa Maria Library. The kids came to the library for lots of great classes taught by our wonderful volunteers. These included math, science, world religions, English, French, computer skills, and art! The little ones gathered for classes as well. Here are a couple of pictures of the summer fun.

The school year just started, but our programs at the library continue. The library is open all day and we provide internet access, homework help, classes for kids, adults, and nursery kids, and of course, books! Check out our blog for Katitawa our multi-lingual (Quichua, Spanish, and English) school, to see pictures of this wonderful school setting and our progress.

Cheers for now!
The SKY team

Monday, September 7, 2009

First Day Of School, 2009

This picture of the opening day ceramony was taken in front of the two new classrooms.
Soory we did not get them finished on time. We are still working on them and hope to have them finished soon.