Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Update -NGOs, and visitors

I have sent emails to NGOs who work in Colombia.  These include CorporaciĆ³n Esfera Azul, who specialize in improving rural communities, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, who specialize in eco-efficiency agriculture, PATH, a global health agency, Colnodo, a rural development agency, and the UNICEF  TAP project, which helps bring clean drinking water to communities.  Hopefully they will be interested in partnering with us!



There are two couples who are interested in volunteering in La Libertad, one in February and the other in March. The first couple, Howard and Sarah from the UK, work in international environmental & sustainability consultancy and English language teaching and counseling. The second, Daniel and Diane from Spain, are a nurse and another English language teacher.  We hope to see them in the village!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Our Volunteer Leaves Early

Our volunteer, Sara, had to leave early because of a family emergency.  I have received a brief email from her and expect a longer one later.  Our prayers are with her.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A possible future solution to the water AND employment problems?

Potters for Peace has a design for a ceramic water filter, developed at Creative Machines, that may be manufactured locally in the village.  This portable press, which may be carried in a checkable piece of luggage, may help with filtering drinking water.  Once a small factory is build it may employ people who could then sell the low-cost filters to other villages.

While the project is some ways away from being able to take this on, it may be a good option for the future!


Sunday Update -News from the Pueblo

The airline had delayed Sara's baggage for a day, but she is in the village and doing well.  I eagerly await her next email.



In the news stateside I will be giving a presentation about the Amazon Pueblo project in May, at the Camden Public Library, in Camden, Maine, USA.  The exact date will be published soon.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

The First Image of the New Guest House


This is the first image of the project's new guest house.  It was completed last month by Gustavo.  There is also a small bath house in the back, which I hope to have a picture of soon.  We are well on our way to completing phase one of the project.

In other news, our first volunteer is arriving today.  We hope to have an update on her progress in the coming days.  Good luck Sara!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our First Volunteer in the Amazon!


We have our first official volunteer in La Libertad.  Thank you to Sara from Portugal for being our first volunteer, starting next week.  She will be studying environmental problems and solutions in the village, teaching English, and helping gather more needed information.  We hope to get some exciting posts from her in the future!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Communication Problems with the Amazon!

For the past 3 days I have been unable to contact Gustavo in La Libertad.  His cell phone goes directly to voice mail.  This could mean that he is having problems with his phone, or that he is out on a long trip out of cell range.

While this would not usually mater, there is a person in Peru now, who is studying environmental engineering in university, who wants to go to the village next weekend to volunteer!  I sent an email to Gustavo yesterday, and I found a different number to call -which I will try later tonight.

More on this exciting drama to come...