Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Goodbye

and Good Luck!

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We are constantly having to say goodbye to volunteers here at Escuela Katitawa and it is always very difficult. We appreciate all that they do for us! When partaking in maintenance their contributions will remain a physical part of the school forever. When teaching they will forever remain in the memories and hearts of the children and fellow volunteers. We would like to take a moment to say thank you to the three volunteers we had to say goodbye to last Friday. 

 25 year old, from Germany

Charlotte arrived March 23rd and spent three weeks with us at the school. She taught math and English, primarily with group three, and worked with group one in the afternoons. She also had the opportunity to paint Easter eggs with the kids that will be hidden this week for the kids to find! Charlotte is now in Columbia working at another school and continuing her volunteer work.

 18 year old, from Germany

Nora arrived March 24th and spent three weeks with us here, splitting her time between the Casa Comunal and the school. At the school she worked with group one, teaching them the alphabet and helping them learn to read. At the casa she worked hard to chisel in spaces for the electricity and cleaned the roof of debris. Nora has left to continue her travels through South America.

 23 years old, from France

Marge arrived January 14th and spent three months with us here. Marge worked in all areas of the organization from maintenance to working at the school. Marge contributed largely in the development of the new volunteer dormitory, helping to move bricks, install the electricity and plumbing, cleaning debris from the roof of the library, and much more. She also built the casa de Tigre (house for the sheep at the school), and took care of the garden area at the school. Not to mention taking the kids on weekend trips with fellow volunteer Laura! Marge has returned to Peru to work with a group that assists children with special needs or no family.

A message from Robert

"When I started to give English lessons to a few kids here in Salasaka Central in mid 2006, my only other plan was to include a small library.

Then along came Janneke, a young lady from Holland who wanted to help out. She was my first volunteer and stayed for three months. From the small beginning in Salasaka Central, here we are today, eight years and almost 300 volunteers later...Operating what we call the Katitawa Projects, which includes The Katitawa School, a plant nursery, library and internet and soon to be inaugurated, a culture tour to Salasaka from BaƱos.

With the exception of three paid personnel, all the work that we do is by volunteers.

So it is today that we honor Marge, Charlotte and Nora who have continued in the Katitawa tradition of giving a part of their life to helping others. Thank you very much...Viva con Dios."

We wish you luck in all of your future endeavors and hope that you will be able to return someday, even if only for a visit!

Blog by: Andi Keller, Photos by: Andi Keller & Marge Fabro

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Go Katitawa!

Volunteers and the Kids

Here at Katitawa we have been able to accomplish many things because of the help of hundreds of volunteers who have come from all over the world to lend a hand in what we believe is a worthwhile project. Only eight years ago we began with one volunteer and have been lucky enough to grow to the point that our dormitory is full (with twenty-one volunteers). Despite being at full capacity, volunteers continue to come and set up tents in order to contribute to our project.

We ask for volunteers who desire to give their time and talents and that is exactly what we get. We have had volunteers who have given us a few days of their time as well as those who stay for up to a year. All of the volunteers who have joined us over the years have told us that the Katitawa Experience touched their lives.

The children of Katitawa have the unique ability to learn from different people all over the world. Through these wonderful and talented people they have the opportunity to experience a multitude of different cultures. This provides them with an advantage that other schools are unable to provide.

In the past few years we have found that the children of Katitawa have gone on to excel in secondary school. Many  of them have achieved second and third place rankings in their English and math classes,  while the rest receive top marks. In the last six years, Katitawa students have earned the position of flag bearer for the year at the local high school three times. This is an  incredible honor within the community and we are proud to see our student’s progress as they leave the school and enter the real world!  Go Katitawa!


We are constantly having to say goodbye to volunteers that make large contributions to the school. These last few weeks we lost Arnika, Sixten, Sophie and Will. Arnika, Sixten and Sophie taught at the school, Will designed and began the electrical wiring in what will very soon be the new volunteer dormitory. While we are always sad to see our volunteers leave, we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

For all the volunteers who have devoted their time, passion, creativity and much more, we are forever grateful!

Blog by: Andi Keller, Photos by: Charlotte John, Bea Botka, Mary Knipfer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We Are Making Progress

with only ONE MONTH left!

In just four days of work we have made quite a bit of progress! We obviously still have a lot of work to do, including the windows, doorways and kitchen which have yet to be started. However, it is hard to deny that much has been done! 

With less than a month left until our move date, there is still much to do! Below you will find pictures of our progress as well as what we still have left to finish!

We haven’t quite finished the electrical installation but we have made significant progress. Our friend Will from the UK got us all set up with the wiring and left us instructions on how to finish it so that it would be done right! Unfortunately he and his wife Sophie had to leave last weekend so we are left to our own devices to finish the work. Luckily he left it in the capable hands of Angel – project leader.
The plastering of the ceiling is underway! At the pace we are at the ceiling should be finished by the end of the week. Our two local contract workers have been working hard to get the building done as quickly as 
possible and the finished 
work looks great!

We have a toilet! And a sink! 

We are one step closer to having 
the bathrooms finished, and the 
plumbing has begun to be installed. 
We do, however, still need help 
with this matter. 
Plumbers! Come on down!

Volunteers and people from the community have been pouring their hearts and souls into making this building become a reality before the deadline. We know that construction can be hard work and would like to say thank you again for everything you continue to do! 

Of course, there is only so much we can do with the funds we have available. That being said, if you have not yet taken the time to donate and would like to do so, please visit our page entitled “Support us” and click the donate button. It only takes a minute and costs the equivalent of one night out to dinner. It doesn't seem like that much when you look at it like that, does it?  We appreciate anything you can do to help! 

Thank you all for your continued support over the years, and as we continue to make Escuela Katitawa all it can be!


Blog by: Andi Keller, Photos by: Andi Keller & Marge Fabro