It seems like only yesterday that we had the graduation program, and the last day of the 2009/2010 school year. Now in just two weeks we will begin classes for 2010/2011.
The two months vacations for the kids gave us a chance to work on a few projects that were best done when students are not around. We also conducted two sessions of vacation classes at the library, located in Manguiwa. The real name of the community is Coachabamba de Manguiwa Katitawa....Or something like that.
We are struggling with a proper name for the building that houses the Rosa Maria Library, which includes Internet service that is free for students to do research and for there homework, one room for the preschool kids where we introduce them to the joy that books can bring, a small puppet theater where we have classes in puppetry which we started last May, and two small classrooms where we offer classes in English all year long. How does Katitawa Extension School sound?...Or....Manguiwa Learning Center. More on this later.
The volunteers have been busy in both places these last two months. Sometimes teaching at Manguiwa in the morning and working on the rock wall in the afternoon. Or construction in the morning and library duty in the evening. Library hours are Eight to Eight, Monday through Friday.
Main projects at the school this vacation period have been varied.
Combination bodega, storage room, tool shed and workshop. This small building now has a cement floor, a new paint job that lightens it up to where you can see a little better, and organized so you can find what you are looking for....We will see how long will be possible.
English classroom is getting a new look. This classroom will be used for English, Drama and Music for the coming year. It is not finished yet but will have pictures by the 6th of September when the first class starts.
Hopefully the wall in from of the Andean Cross will be finished in the next two weeks. There is still a lot to do in this area and by December 21st we should have the area in front of the main building completed as planned.
We have had an average of 15 volunteers over the past two months and I want to thank all of you for making this progress possible.