Saturday, December 29, 2012

Katitawa In Crisis...We Need Your Help Now.

With the new Education Law going into effect on January 2nd we need to do some things now to keep the school from becoming the property of the State.

We are not sure just how quickly things will change but we need to be prepared.  We are setting up a fund now for the legal fees that we will incur.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lachlan's Farm Or Granja de Lachlan Is Now Complete

It has taken a long time but it is now complete. It was one of the projects that we were determined to have completed by Nov. 11. On the tenth we added the animals. One llama, two sheep, three ducks, one hen, one rooster, and four chicks.
 
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

When A Volunteer Leaves....

Today I am giving myself a new job. Starting with Victor I am going to give a short tribute to each volunteer when they leave....And work backwards until I have a good record of all volunteers who have been here. Each had a reason for coming and had something to give....And most received something that they never expected and can never forget....The unconditional love of of the children.  Wish me luck.
Victor arrived in October when we were getting ready for the big 15th Birthday Party of the Escuela Katitawa.  I remember the afternoon he arrived....We were trying to finish the fence around Lachlan's Farm that we had started years before.  This young man from Slovakia, walked up where we were working and said "How can I help".
He worked on several projects and I think the one he liked the best was building walls.  He took a lot of pride in what he did and when George left he was the one in charge.  He planned to leave on Friday but he had not finished the ramp so he stayed until Wednesday.
 
 

As is customary we have a little ceremony when each volunteer leaves and present them with a small medallion to remember their time at Katitawa. I had a few words to say and then....



 
Lenny put little the token of appreciation around his neck.

 

The kids always have something that they have made, to give before they say goodbye.  Thank you again Victor...We will miss you.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What Past Volunteers Have To Say About Their Time Here.

Carmen Sobande
United Kingdom
14th Jan - 28th Jan 2010
 
In Sept 2009 I sent off to travel around South America in order to rediscover my 'mojo'.
 
In total I spent 10 1/2 months experiencing many wonderful adventures but the time which is the most precious to me was the time I spent at katitawa.
 
From the first day I arrived at katitawa I was bowled over by the warmth and love of the kids.
 
I challenge anyone who has spent time at Katitawa to think about it without smiling - it's impossible!!
 
I have so many lovely recollections it is difficult to pin down particular ones.
 
However, the way Francesca's face lit up when i drew her a mini mouse mask, Adrian's careful drawing and coloring in, Jessica's shy smile and Cezar's mischievous cheeky grin and the cries of "Carmenita" when Ron & I arrived back to take part in the football tournament.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 15TH KATITAWA!!!! HERE'S TO MANY MORE!
 
& well done to Robert in helping to build and maintain such a special magical place. You have created an amazing legacy and are an inspiration (I don't use that word lightly)
 
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Christmas and Birthdays....Two great times for presents.

Well it isn't Christmas yet but there is a Birthday coming up.  Katitawa School will be 15 years old on the 11th of November.

Here are some things the school does not need:  Handkerchiefs, underwear, or ties.  Just about everything else we could use.  If you don't have any ideas and need some help....How about money.  It is easy to send, and it is good for almost anything that the school is in need of.

So if you were thinking of sending a present I will make it easier for you.,  Just press the button below and I will make sure that the present is wrapped and delivered in your name on November 11.  If all of the ex-volunteers and friends  would make a $10 donation just think what a difference it would make.  (You can always send more if you like.)  We will make a donations tree with all of the names of those sending the money and where they are from.  You can be sure that we will use the money wisely.

Thanks for helping.

Robert

To All Past Volunteers,....Please help us.

We are trying to put together a complete and accurate of all of the past volunteers.

Name
Country
Dates you were here.
A short comment about your time here.

Please send this information to katitawa15years.anniversary@gmail.com

Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

An Artists Conception Of A Project That We Hope To Have Completed By November 11

This is a project that we have been talking about for several years and we are working hard to finish it by November 10.
 
Here is the idea....Since 2006 we have had more than 200 volunteers working here at the school, doing everything from teaching math, English, art to building walls and buildings. Sometimes we have as many 20 volunteers here ar the same time and sometimes as few as one or two, and they come from all over the world. We plan to honor these volunteers when they are here by running up their flag each morning. We never have had more than eight countries represented at the same time, therefore we will have eight poles. These poles will be removeable. If we only have two countries represented, we will fly the two country flags plus two with some colorful bunting and remove the empty poles. We also plan to have the names of each volunteer along with the date that they were here on a plaque that will be attached to the lower part of their countries pole. On this point we could use your help. We have records of most volunteers that have been here. We will compile a list and publish it here on the blog so that you can check the information for accuracy in spelling and dates.
 
View as you walk up the hill to the school.

For future volunteers that may be the first from their country we will ask you to bring a flag from your country. There will be no cost for this recognition; However we have no problem accepting donations if you would like to help with the cost. Please feel free to push the donate button below.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Countdown: Only 30 Days Until The Big Party.

Time is flying by and there are a thousand things to do before the big 15.  We have cut one day from the celebration to give us one day more to prepare.  The dates are now the 10th and the 11th of November.

We really need the help of the past volunteers.  If you have pictures and stories that you would like to share of your tune here send them to us.  If you know of any newspaper articles, that may have been written about the school, send us the link, or send us copies.  Many of you still stay in touch with friends you made here....Why not get together and make a video telling your experience.  Put it on Youtube and we can use it in our program.

Please send any information that you may have to a new e-mail address that we have set up for this project.  katitawa15years.anniversary@gmail.com.

We are also working on list of all volunteers who have ever been at Katitawa with the current address and e-mail address. Please send us this information as soon as you can,  If for any reason you want to keep this information private, just let us know.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The First Load Of Recycle Material Of The New Year

The recycle bin is full...Time to call Angela, the recycle lady.
 
 
 
 
We took a lot of plastic off the roads and made $20.00...Not a bad trade.

T-Shirt Design....By Bec And Adrian

We have thought about, talked about and now it is about time we did something. For the 15 Anniversary of the first classes at Katitawa we will have two designs....One designed by Andrian, the winner of the design competition and the other by Bec the art teacher.

 
Adrian's design is not clear on this photo. I am sure you will like it, however I will have a better picture on here by Monday. Be the first to order this shirt.

 
Adrian's Design

Sizes

Front

Back.
I think all of the past volunteers will want at least one of these shirts, to not only keep the memories alive, but also to help cause.  You can order one or more of these high quality shirts by pushing the BUY NOW button below.

Bec's Design
Sizes

Above Ground Farming

For the past several months we have been researching the pros and cons of starting an above ground garden. With the help and technical support of Pam, a volunteer who was with us a few months ago.
 
 
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Up-Date No. 2. 42 Days To Complete The Birthday Project

The days are passing quickly and there is a lot of work to do.  The volunteers are wonderful.  The sad fact is that five are leaving at the end of next week.  Anyone who is in the area and would like to pitch in....Click Here.

I am going to list the projects on the Side Bar by numbers


New Mural Designed And Painted By The Art Students....With a little help from Bec, the art teacher.

Step 1...Prepare the space.
 
Step 2...On you mark.
 
Step 3...Let the party begin.