Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas at Katitawa

Christmas is a very special time at Katitawa. We had a wonderful ceremony lead by Rofino, and the kids had a great time with the nativity play, although we had a few comical moments, the play was great! And of course, we had some amazing people drop off sweets and presents for the children.
Jasmine was our beautiful Christmas princess! Happy New Year Everyone!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas will soon be here!

Katitawa is still going strong, and we have had some wonderful volunteers these last few weeks.Although we are sad to see them leave, we appreciate all the work they do!
We even had a couple volunteers from Korea that taught the kids a bit of Taekwondo!
The recycling program is going well too, and it's still part of our Friday morning tradition.
Right now the kids and volunteers are very busy preparing for the Christmas play, and we are so excited for the performance on Sunday, December 22, at 10:00am. Expect to see lots of great photos soon!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We had a great Birthday!!!

As many of you know, Katitawa just turned 16! And we promised some good photos, so here they are!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Katitawa will Be Sweet 16 ON Monday.


It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since we celebrated the Big Fifteen. It really has snuck up on us, so there was no time to plan a party.  We will however have a cake and tell the story to the kids how this beautiful school came to be.

I know most of you have forgotten the date, but thanks to PayPal, there is still time to send a gift.

I promise to post some pictures of the small party on Monday night.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATITAWA

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Construction of the Second Floor Roof

Thanks to all who helped in the construction of the roof for the new volunteer house and also those who made donations! We greatly appreciate all of your hard work. A a big thanks to Javier, a current volunteer from Spain, who made this video!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spring Equinox

Last week, we celebrated the Spring Equinox at Katitawa School. We are happy the students, familiy members, and volunteers could come together and be apart of the celebration.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

A busy september so far...

As always the new term has brought many volunteers and plenty of work!
For the last 3 weeks, along with work on the new volunteer quarters, we have been getting the Vivero & School gardens up and running. The plan is to build 8 beds at the school where we can grow vegetables & plants to sell. It's been tough work, but we've made some great progress.

Herb garden ready to enrich school lunches
New washing up table for the kids
Dave, Siobhan and Harry who were all here for 2 weeks made huge progress with the schools flower beds and the Vivero. They've moved on to explore the Galapagos islands but you can see some of the work they achieved. Fabian has continued laying the foundations for the bricks with the help of Joss & Alicia, and it should be finished within the next 2 weeks. Once we have a little more money in the bank the bricks can be laid & seedlings planted. Massive thanks to all the volunteers who have been getting their hands dirty this month & for all you past volunteers the sunny vistas should bring back some happy memories!

Is it a tree or a stick?

Fabian plowing through the brick foundations

Weeding extravaganza

Muchos gracias, Alicia
Current Volunteer

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Still On For Tomorrow.....You can still help.

There is still a lot of work to do today....But the "Gran Minga" is still on for tomorrow.  Some of the volunteers who will be here tomorrow will be helping the 120 people who live in this community who will be doing 99 percent of the work, do their job.  It is really an amazing sight to see and be a part of.

I will be posting pictures tomorrow so that you can see, almost live, what a minga looks like in action.

I just had a brilliant idea....I am going to start a fundraiser at this moment and continue through tomorrow night when the party is over.  So anybody that can not be here in person and want to help, we ask you to make a small, or large donation to  great cause.  Thank you for watching.  Robert.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Second Floor is Almost Ready For The Roof.

The new Volunteer's Quarters could be ready by Christmas.
If we continue at this pace we will be ready to pour the roof on Sunday. The one thing that we are lacking at this point is a few hundred dollars. And this is where you could help. We need 1,500 special blooks delivered on Friday and we need to pay half of the bill before they will deliver. So we need to hurry. If you could help please hit the Donate Button bellow.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?! Last week our fabulous volunteer Maria had to leave us. After one month of exceptional hard work and unlimited musical entertainment, it was time for her to hit the road and head on to Bolivia where she'll continue her good work. As a small thank you and tribute to her daily singing, the volunteers decided to throw a musical concert at the house. As a fitting farewell, all 13 of us stood on stage and serenaded her with The Sound of Musics 'How do you solve a problem like Maria'. No doubt riled by the three crates of beer and freshly baked pizzas, it was a magical affair! Thank you again for all you did Maria, and I hope everyone enjoys these photos of her last attempt to encourage folk into the Biblioteca. Alicia & Molly Current Volunteers

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Life Always Gives Us An Opportunity To Help....Part Two.

 Back in February 2012, I posted a story about a young boy who fell out of a tree.  The post is here.

After I posted this story, we received almost $200 from our friends to help with the program.

Basically, the idea was to create a small slush fund to help when people of the community need help to buy the medicine needed to enter the hospital for some emergency treatment.

Over the past year and a half we have used that $200 and more,  for people in need.  The fund is now depleated and we just do not have the resourses to contribute more.  That being said, I believe that the program was a good idea....And here is why.
When the new Constitution was passed several years ago, the Government  was required to provide hospital care to all citizens and visitors at no cost.  This was supposed to include all the medicines as well.  However for some reason or other, we have hospitals and doctors but no medicine.  It appears that some hospitals in some areas have lots of meds and in others they don't have anything.   For this reason you need cash or someone needs cash before the treatment if any drugs are required, before the work begins.    It is not uncommon to die in the hallway while the family and friends are looking for a little cash.,,, At least that is the word on the street.

If any readers of this blog would like to help....Please push the Donate Button below.
Thank you very much.
Robert


Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Nursery Is Moving Forward....Slowly

What was supposed to be a simple project, has taken a year longer then expected and it is not finished yet.  Part of the problem is that we keep adding to the original plan.  One thing for sure....It will be beautiful.

One of the additions was to make the entrance more attractive and functional.  Angel came up with the idea of adding two palapas where we will serve snacks and drinks to the