This update on our disaster relief efforts comes with both good and bad news!
First, the not so good news.
Unfortunately, there were such heavy rains in mid-September through the end of October in Alotenango, that all project planning was flushed away by Mother Earth herself, almost. Those tropical rainstorms made it impossible to set up the wood structure for the Playtime and Learning Center we are building. We all had to pause and wait for the rain to end which gave us time to re-plan the project.
Now, the good news! After our latest meetings with PuraVida Atitlan, the Carpinteros Alotenango and the Municipaly of Alotenango, we have got the ball rolling again. Next week, three young carpentry students, guided by the vocational course teacher, will start setting up the wood frame for the Center. Then, 1st thing in 2019, we are going to build the walls with over 5.000 eco-bricks, glass bottles and cob. A solar panel on the roof will provide electricity for lights inside and outside the Center. We had a slight delay, but we are coming back more organized and prepared than before.
We greatly appreciate your gift to the families who have lost their housing. On the next report you will see the final product of teamwork between NGOs, volunteers and locals. Thanks a lot, and stay tuned.
Ground ready to start building