Saturday, January 24, 2009

Every Friday Is Recycling Collection Day.

Each Friday the kids bring in the material that they have collected the week before. Today only Isabel and two of the pre-school kids brought anything. This prompted the lesson given on, "Why should we recycle".

Rufino Gives A Lesson On Why We Have A Recycling Program



Shawn And Amy Came For A Short Time But Accomplished Much.


The New Barbecue Is Being Inaugurated

Luis and a few of the older kids, inaugurated the barbecue last week. It is sure to add a little variety to the daily fare.

Four of our current volunteers are waiting for a taste. Josh, the second from the left worked several weeks on the patio project.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kimberly, Jenny and Sandy....Won the trip to Baños.

Today, while their fellow students watched, Kimberly, Jenny and Sandra marched off to Baños for the day at the pools, with Josh and Janosch their two escorts.
These were the three winners from Team No. 1 who won the first recycling competition.

In the photo below the three listen while Luis, the director gives contents of the letter he is about to hand over to the winning team. They get to choose the day that they want to take their trip to Banos for a day.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Not All The Volunteers Are Teachers

There are many tasks that need doing and if it were not for the variety of volunteers that we have visit from time to time they would remain just things that we want to do when we have time.
Josh, from the USA and Phil, from England have been around for several weeks now and because of them we have been able to scratch several projects off the "Things To Do List".

The automatic filler tube for the irragation cistern is now finished and works great.

Last Year Was Great....The New Year Will be Better.

Every year at this time it seems fitting to reflect a little on the last 12 months and think a little about the future. Each year, it seems that the year has just flown by, but when you start to add up all of the things that have transpired it is hard to believe that all of that could have happened in just 12 short months. The months seem to fly by but the years go by slowly....I think Scott Peck wrote something to that effect in one of his books.

This past year we have had 41 different volunteers who have come for a week, or two, or 10, and gave of their time to help in whatever capacity that they were needed. Without their help we would not have the successes that we have had. We thank you all.

This past year we have had the good fortune to receive enough donations to keep the foundation out of debt. Some of these donations have come from long time friends, other donations have been from friends and families of some of our volunteers, and others....From total strangers who happened upon this blog, evidently liked what they read, and were drawn to the donate button. For whatever reason, we thank you.

The community of Manguiwa offered us their Community Building to house our volunteers. The cost is almost free. We have just moved the Rosa Maria Library into one of the rooms on the lower level. Also on the first floor we are holding English classes every afternoon. At present we have more than 20 kids attending three different classes.

It has been a wonderful year with no regrets.

For 2009, we will continue with the work that we have started. We have more projects then we have time or money. There will be lots of challenges, but that is how you grow. Come join us if you can, if that is not possible, then just keep reading the blog.

We would like to invite any and all who travel to Baños to stop by and see what we are doing. If we have room you are also welcome to spend the night.


Tungurahua Has Come Back To Life

In the last week of 2008, Tungurahua began a new series of activity. At first a few rumblings then some strong explosions and now we see from the kitchen window daily discharges of ash.
On most nights there are some tremors and some even rattle the windows....And at times a red glow in the crater.

The following picture was taken by Phil, a volunteer from the UK, on the street outside the volunteers quarters.