Sunday, December 27, 2015

Best Colada Morada in Salasaka


Just across the street from the "Salasakan Drummer", on Saturday and Sunday mornings you will find a small covered area where you can find a wonderful treat.



The best Colada Morada and Empanadas In Salasaka.

In this small tent you


Aw yes...The Katitawa Nursery...Just up the street about 100 meters.  Glad you asked.

Friday, December 4, 2015

We Started Rehearsal For Our Annual Christmas Play. Play Scheduled for Christmas Day.

From now until Christmas Eve we will practice for our annual Christmas play.  Every year it gets better and better.  In just a few week the football pitch will be transformed into the beautiful pueblo of Nazareth in Israel.  
Football Pitch Now...Dec. 2, 2015


The parts were handed out and the three weeks of practice begins.

Another Composting Toilet In Use In Salalaka.

We have been using these toilets at Katitawa since 2008 and have saved a considerable amount of potable water.  In addition to saving water we have gained a few tons of beautiful fertilizer. Since we began using this type of toilet, hundreds of people who have visited the school have been interested in how this system works. 

A few months ago we gave one to a family whose grandmother was not comfortable using the inside plumbing but was perfectly happy with one of our composting toilets.

There is a section of Salasaka who do not have access to a sewer system and depend on out-houses.  This week we delivered a brand new model that we made at the nursery.




If the demand increases we may just add this product to the varied things that we will sell.

The Nursery is Open....Finally.









Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ñusta's Lair....Litter No. 3

This post is for all of the past volunteers who have been here to see the performances of  Nusta during mating season will, I think, like these pictures.  The mating season for Nusta goes on for weeks...Day and night. At school, at the library and everywhere in between.  When it's her time, she picks a place, any place, and delivers.  In the past the litter has been  easy to find and transport to the school.  This season was different.  



Nusta found a place along the road where she dug out a fairly deep hole under some good size bushes.










Monday, November 23, 2015

Sundays Fundraising Efforts For Inti....Literally stops traffic in Salasaka.

For more than three hours The Queen of Salasaka, Micaela Masaquiza and a group of volunteers stopped traffic in Salasaka Central.


They had posters describing Inti's condition and the operation that would allow him to Walk, Run and even play soccer.  When the results of the examinations were told, we all were amazed that the problem was not with the bones, but with the tendons which keeps him from extending his legs to their full length and around the ankle the tendon will not allow him to extend his foot, making it impossible to walk on the sole of his foot and forcing him to walk on the tips of his toes.  It will take a few months of therapy after the operation before Inti will be able to walk normally.



After more than three hours in the blazing sun...The Queen and her entourage head to the Museum where the money was counted.  The money was counted three times because nobody could remember what the total count was. Thanks to everyone who took part in this Inti Fund Raising Event....The Inti Fund is now $378.71 richer.  









Thursday, November 5, 2015

Last Year We Had A New Student....And his name was Inti.

Inti and his mother
 

If you were a volunteer at Katitawa over the last 20 months, you will never forget Inti.  His name is the Kitchwa word for Sun and it fits him very well, because most of the time his face is lit up....Well like the Sun.  Even though he is nine years old he is still in Kinder....And his legs are not like the other kids so he can not walk and run like them, but that does not mean he is stationary.  He just takes a little longer.

Each new volunteer who works with Inti, wonders what if anything could be done to make his life a little fuller.  Unfortunately the day he was born, there were several complications and Inti now suffers the serious physical and neurological consequences. This past week a small group of volunteers decided to find out exactly what was possible.   They took him and his mother to a specialist in Ambato. The doctor advised them that there was a medical procedure they could perform that would allow Inti to walk normally in the future....But it would be expensive.

We are planning on taking him to another doctor for a second opinion before starting the procedure.  I do have a contact in Baños who just had a complicated operation in Puyo.  This is also an option.


Last year we took Inti to see a doctor in Baños and she recommended that we take him for a MRI. However we were not able to have that done because of communication problems between the Doctor in Baños and the laboratory in Ambato.


At this point we are going to proceed as follows:  1..Get a second or third opinion.  2..Get a MRI if needed.  3..Get a firm price for the procedure.  4..Schedule the operation.
Several of the volunteers here at the moment have started a "Fund For Inti".  They have already raised more than $500 for the procedure. We have added a Donate Button below if you are interested in being part of this endeavor.

   




Saturday, July 11, 2015

It's Time To March

We have had three meetings over the last three weeks with the parents of the students and the Education Departments officials from the Ambato office.  The government has been closing small schools all over the country and now it is our turn along with Inti Nan, another small school, down the hill and a little closer to the center of town.s

The last meeting was on Thursday evening and when the officials left we voted to march to Ambato with a petition to reconsider.  The government is convinced that bigger is better and by closing all the small schools and integrating the students with the high schools, creating a K through 12 mega school will somehow be better.

I will keep you advised with pictures on Tuesday.  We will hire a bus as we don't have the time to walk.

At a time when finances are really short, if you want to give us a hand, please find a donate button and give it a push.

By the way, we had a beautiful graduation ceremony last Saturday.  Legia, Adriana and Kevin are on their way to Colegio.



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A New Beginning

When I made my first post on this blog in January 2007, I had just received a beautiful camera as a gift, from a long-time friend Homero Barrios who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. I took pictures almost every day...And I posted to this blog often. Now that I no longer have the camera I use that as an excuse for not keeping my friends up to date as to what is going on at Katitawa and Salasaka. Shame on me, and perhaps Facebook, for letting that happen. Today as I said goodbye to Laura and Andrea from Italy, I promised to post more often if they would comment. A perfect way to begin again is to look back to where we started.
January 2007.
At the present time there are three projects in Salasaca:

No. 1..In the hills overlooking Salasaca, is the Katitawa School where English classes are being concducted by volunteers. The founding director, Rosa Maria Masaqiza, invited us to provide an English teacher for the school which has 30 students ranging in age from six to 14. The major requirement by the director was that it had to be provided without charge. At the present time the classes are conducted by Janneke Robbe, a volunteer from Holland. We provide her with a place to stay. Janneke speaks fluent Spanish, English, Dutch and is now adding Kichwa.


No. 2..In the center of Salasaca we have started a small English School where at the present time we have two classes a day with a total of six to eight students. There is a small charge of $2.50 per week per student. However if the parents have no money we accept almost anything. A bag of potatoes, or corn or rice or whatever they can afford. So far we have not collected any money but we do eat. We feel that it is necessary to charge something for the classes, because if they are free they loose their value.

No. 3..We have started to collect books for the new library. We are looking for books in any language, however Spanish are the preferred at this stage. The library is in the same building as the school but at this writing we have no furnitue. Our next project is to build shelves for the books, a table for reading and studing and six chairs. I hope to have some pictures soon.

The living quarters for the volunteer teacher is also located on the premisis.

If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause we would welcome your contribution. There are no middlemen or government agencies involved, so your contribution goes directly to the cause.













Thanks you.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

So You Want To Volunteer

We urgently need a few volunteers who want to help out in positions that do not involve teaching.  For example....Someone who has experience working in libraries.  Or someone with experience working in a plant nursery.  Or a finisher in a new construction....Tiling bathrooms.

Age is not a problem.....30, 40, 50 or 60.  You would be welcome.   Think about it.   I would welcome you.   Robert.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kevin's Accident

Kevin had an accident on his bicycle.   He broke his arm and is in the hospital in Ambato, waiting for an operation which will be done on Monday.  I think that it would be better to do this today and I would like to put him in a private clinic where they could do it today.   If anyone would like to help with the expenses, just click on any donate button.  I will keep you advised.

I have not seen him yet, but Arne was with him at the hospital yesterday and told me the story.  For right now, if you want to know more send him an e-mail.   volunteers.schedule@gmail.com

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sponsor the Cook At Katitawa

We Need Your Continuing Support

More than six months ago, we asked for donations to help pay for a few indispensable workers at Katitawa School.   Since this expense is the most difficult for us to come up with each month we asked for your help. During this period we have now 10 Sponsors for Virginia, for a total of $100 per month.   

At the present time we pay Virginia $300 per month.   She works full time at the school and she is worth every dollar we pay her.   We really do need your help.  Just push the Subscribe button below if you would like to help.   Thanking you in advance.

Virginia


Virginia, our wonderful and patient cook, with the most beautiful smile in the whole world, needs a Sponsor. Who would like to be Number 11, to sponsor this wonderful lady?  For just $10, or more, per month you can help pay Virginia's salary for the coming year.



Virginia has been working with us for the past three years and is not only a mother to all of the kids when they need one, but she makes wonderful soups, and a whole lot more.  I mentioned soups, because they are my favorite meals.  Virginia is one of the four  paid people we have working in the Katitawa Projects.



Virginia has two beautiful children whom I had the privilege to have in my first English class almost 10 years ago.   Maybe I can find some before and after pictures.







We provide the kids with a snack in the morning and a hot lunch everyday.  The children pay $1 per week if they can, if not we never turn down a hungry child or a hungry volunteer.  In years past we did not charge anything, but I learned early on that if things are totally free, they have no value.

Virginia



blog by: Andi Keller, Photos by: Marge Fabro