Friday, March 27, 2009

Cricket In Ecuador?????

It was bound to happen....With three volunteers from Australians, two from South Africa and one from England, cricket has replaced soccer. At least for a few weeks.




Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Lot Of Fun Things On Friday's.

Today we had another skit by the volunteers. The subject was "Conduct In Class".

A few of the volunteers joined in during the Friday folkloric dance class.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Katitawa....In the news

Un expectedly a Channel 5 TV crew showed up this morning wnating to do a little story about the school. Their main interest was in our solar powered electric system but when they heard about our new waterless toilets that really caught there attention.
Rufino explained how the system works and even made a deposit in the special compost bin to show that it was not an unplesant expierence.
Before they headed back to Quito, they stopped by the library and computer center and filmed a couple of kids learning how to type with all ten fingers.


Waterless Toilets And How It works

At the present time we have two waterless toilets where we used to have one standard issue that emptied into a 50 gallon drum about 20 meters from the bathroom. Although the area where the water draind did not have a problem with odors it was at times more like a swamp; However the plants in the area thrived. The bathroom did have a residual smell that was not plesent, but not too offensive either. I assumed that the smell came from the shower drain that was a vent for the homemade septic tank.

Today, with the two toilets being used by about thirty adults and children, the only smell is from the sawdust that is used to cover the deposits each time they are made.

The smaller toilet, on the left, will be moved to a new bathroom that is being made for use by the children under five or six years old, and can be supervised and trained on the fine are of sawdust use.

In the area behind the toilets, extra buckets are stored. When you have three or four full containers it is time to take them to the compost bins.

The red container holds the sawdust that is used to cover each deposit. The finer the sawdust the beter it works and the smaller the amount necessary to keep out flies and prevent odor.


What To Do With Three Buckets Of ....

The composting bins are the most important part of this whole project. It is important that the material is stored in a way that you don't create a health hazzard by poluting the area surrounding the composting area and an attraction for flies.



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Friday, March 13, 2009

Katitawa Code Of Conduct

Thanks to Polly we now have a “Code Of Conduct” for Katitawa. We have been working on the wording, in Spanish for several weeks now and there still may be some revisions. Here it is in English.

I will respect other people and treat them as I would wish to be treated. (The Golden Rule).

I will respect my school, community and environment and I will do everything I can to make them better.

I will be honest and I will respect the property of others.

I will do my best to learn and to allow others to learn.

I will accept responsibility for my own actions.

I will be myself and I will not be afraid to have my own opinions.

I will try my hardest every day to be the best that I can be.

Thinking about this new code of ours and what these words mean, I asked myself the question….Why do we wait until the university level to start teaching philosophy? Instead of answering myself I asked Google. I was astonished what came back. I found that I was not the first to ask this question. It turns out that teaching grade school kids philosophy has been going on for quite some time and with a lot of success.

The next obvious question was…..Why not here at Katitawa?

Thank you Polly for suggesting that we have a “Code of Conduct” for the school as it has opened up a whole new course of study that we will implement little by little this year and we hope to have a regular class for all children, ages nine and older starting in September. “Beginning Philosophy” or at least that part that deals with Ethics.

Today, six of the volunteers put on a three act skit, bringing to life two or three of the promises in the new “code”.
After each act Luis asked for comments from the kids on what was good and bad with the actions of the players. It was fun, funny and it made the kids think.

Another Successful Recling Day

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