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September 4, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

By Bonnie Black
We began bright and early creating an organized storage environment in the Officina. Everything is labeled by bunk # and then alphabetically by suitcase or box.

While we were doing that task, Inocencio and Magaly showed up to take Marty and I to deliver the last wheelchair to a woman who Roger assessed the other night. We also had a walker which we brought along which made sense once we arrived at her house. The floor was tile on top of concrete blocks, not a dirt floor, so she would easily be able to use both. She was so pleased as was her daughter that they presented us with a corn meal which we later gave to the guards as a meal.

Then the four of us traveled to take a photo of the Pickering home shelter and present the photo of Marcel Bechard in whose memory it was constructed. The family seemed so proud to show us their new dwelling and were very surprised to receive the photo which they put in a special location immediately.

Our final trek for the morning was to visit and photograph a few of the Rotary-funded latrines in Monte Verde and also along a narrow byway in another part of Chiquilistagua.

We returned to Nicasa to find that Bill, Diane and Dan were moving right along with the completion of the inventory and storage of all of our items. The storage closet, Home Depot and now the rest of the property of MOH is all in place and ready for our next Mission team!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

By Bonnie Black
This morning Marty and I were picked up by Mauricio and the three of us went to the hardware stores to procure the parts to complete the passive solar water system at Parajito Azul. When we got to the Disability Center, we were told that the youth had pulled on the hosing and it had come down, bringing with it (to a lower level originally) the TV cable. Having successfully done that, we explained that it was not broken only in a state that needed to be restored. The staff did not understand that it was left nonfunctional on Saturday when Marty and Dennis left.

So, we began by securing the hosing along the gutters – much higher than the youth can access. This seemed to please the physical therapist. She was a bit distant, though, looking on this whole thing with a jaundiced eye for a while.

About 2-and-half hours was spent making the system functional thanks to the work Dennis had done on Saturday. Marty just had to tighten a valve on the roof (and was scared by a cat while up there!) and then he instructed the physical therapist on how to set the system up each time she wants to use it and how to shut it down. Thanks to Adrianna’s help, this was successful and the therapist seemed to feel comfortable doing it. Now that she understands it was not completed over the weekend and how to make it functional by herself, I am sure we will find her making good use of it. We will see in February! Adrianna told us that her replacement will be Jenna who is coming from a Jesuit school in Nebraska (I am not sure it is the same school where Holly went, though).

Dan and Teresa got the bunks all arranged in each room so that they will allow all to have access climbing to the top bunk from the center in February.

Diane continued with methodically doing the kitchen inventory and we have the Left Closet all cleaned out and then arranged for easy access in February.

Marty continued getting the paint supplies all cleaned and readied for February and he and Bill organized Home Depot for February.

At our meeting tonight with Sister Rosa, she told us that she felt our belongings would be more secure if everything were put into the Officina (as she rents out Nicasa many times during the year). So, it looks like our work is cut out for us tomorrow as we will have to move everything we already have in storage in the three bedrooms into the Officina and reorganize it.