85 New Members Yachana Training Center Family
A lot has been happening at the Yachana Training Center since last we reported a status in December 2014. Our Yachana Future Builders [YFBs] boarding students and day students have both returned to classes after winter break. Volunteer Lena arrived to take over for Christy – we all miss Christy but Lena is a perfect replacement. She is trained in biology. Her knowledge and help has been a jump-start to the Aquaponics project!
The Aquaponics project is up and running! This was possible because of the donations that we have received through this GlobalGiving project. We really appreciate the support and thank you very much.
One of our YFBs, Cristhian, has really taken the lead in helping to get this project where it is today. All the YFBs have worked on the project to help clear the space, build the structures and install the piping but Cristhian shows the biggest passion and hopes to bring a smaller scale version to his home community.
Last week the YFBs made two trips to a Tilapia pond, about half an hour away by truck, to pick up the newest members of the Yachana Training Center family, 85 Tilapia! Starting with ½ pound “seed” fish was necessary but the hope is to be self-sustaining from this point forward. The fish are doing wonderfully. All appear Happy! The first plants to grace the rocks of the aquaponics system were tomato plants that have been growing for three months in buckets. These tomoates were planted by our students in preparation for this transfer. The plants have been doing well with the transition so far. There are also lettuce sprouts growing. The plan is to add more plants to provide food for the training center meals and perhaps transfer some of the extra to the Yachana Lodge for use in meals for our guests!
Check out our new photos that show the pool, tank, growing beds, etc. All these new additions were from your contributions. Just to the left of the blue filter system we built an observation platform and added a mirror. If you come to visit the Yachana Training Center now everybody, short or tall, can see all the aspects of the total system.
We still lack our new classroom and need additional funds to get this done. We have poured the footers but we must wait for more money to be raised to complete this structure. Thank you all again for your support to date! Watch for more updates very soon.
Cristhian our YFB with Aguaponics Passion
New Aquaponics System at Yachana Training Center
Harvesting Baby Fish For Aquaponics
Transferring the Stock
New Home for our Tomato Plants