Monthly Archives: February 2016

Baby Health New Focus

Today I helped out at the nutrition clinic. We handed out about 150 packages of nutritional supplement to 57 mothers. There are 2 groups of 40 women who are scheduled to participate alternate weeks. Today both groups showed up and will alternate going forward. Each child is weighed and measured for height every two weeks to track progress. They are also ranked green, yellow or red in terms of overall health relative to their age group.

Chemainus Rotary is funding part of this program. Our support will provide needed nutrition for 16 children for a year. Based on today’s clinic, it looks to be very well organized by a volunteer registered nurse and community volunteers.

Thanks to David and Jacqueline who have spent numerous hours organizing and planning the process for the clinic to carry on over the next year. Everything is in place for it to be a great success.

Today, as an extra bonus, the mothers and children were  given a teeth brushing demonstration and tooth brushes and paste. Thanks to Dr Megas and his staff for the donation of supplies.

A good day for everyone. Muchas gracias.

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Trip to San Lucas Toliman

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Interesting sights on the boat included the traditional woman’s hair highlights and baby in the wrap.boatride ties

We visited the Women’s Centre to check out a site for a chicken coop. The women want to start a business selling eggs and chickens in the local community. What comes first? The chicken or the egg?  After years of pondering this dilemma, I finally realized its the coop!
So I made a rough sketch of the idea which the ladies will scope out in terms of material and a cost estimate.chicken coop

Adios amigos

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Tom Gets Kick Out of Kids Reaction to New Balls

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David and Tom inflate balls

David and Tom inflate balls

 

Monday morning we pumped up the  soccer balls at Thomas’s house. Thomas is a Canadian who has lived here for 14 years and is very generous with the community. He has a great woodworking shop and let us use his air compressor. We then headed up to the two elementary schools to donate the soccer balls and skipping ropes. The balls were given to me by a Duncan soccer club.IMG_7290

The schools are packed with so many children they must have a morning shift til noon for half the students and an afternoon shift til 5 o’clock. One school alone has 1,471 students!

They were very appreciative of our sports donation. The children are very active as you see by the blurry figures so the equipment will be well used.Tomsoccerballs IMG_7288

Like active kids anywhere.

Like active kids anywhere.

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Small Project Brings Gratitude

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Hola

The team of Julian, Jorge and myself moved to the new job site Friday afternoon. Jose and Maria and their three children live in a two level home but the second level was wrapped in plastic on two sides. We adjusted some of the framing and installed wooden siding.

Plastic wrapped upper level must have been difficult during rainy season.

Plastic wrapped upper level must have been difficult during rainy season.

New boards on second level.

New boards on second level.

Julian & Jorge leaving job site. Battery operated power tools ,many donated by our Ken Stanton, are invaluable to projects like these.

Julian & Jorge leaving job site. Battery operated power tools ,many donated by our Ken Stanton, are invaluable to projects like these.

Maria was very contente when the work was terminada.

It’s time to sit back and enjoy a glass of vino tinto.

Hosta luego.
Tomas

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Project One Complete

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Work crew, Julian, Jorge and Tom

Work crew, Julian, Jorge and Tom

Julian, Jorge, Roberto and I finished Roberto and Rosa’s home addition on Friday by installing the roof and door. The four month old twins, Lucas and Alex will have a lot more space to grow up in.

Needed extra screws and then the four chargeable batteries for the electric drills and saw died so it was up and down the steep and narrow stone steps four times. Up 120 stories and back down make mucho cervesas neccisita.

View from the new house.

View from the new house.

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Three Day House

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Just the corrugated metal roof to go.

Just the corrugated metal roof to go.

Today four of us ( Julian the contractor,  Roberto the young home owner, David a Rotarian and I finished the framing and installing the siding on the new home addition. It measures roughly 100 square feet and will be a bedroom and living room area for the parents and their four month old twin boys. Tomorrow we hope to finish the roof, door and window. What a team. A house addition in three days. Then on to the next home improvement project.

It’s always fun to catch a glimpse of the neighbours sneaking a peek as we go about our work…they are shy but curious (like most neighbours) about what is going on next door.

The view on the way down topped off the day.

Adios amigos

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Reminder That wealth is not the Key to Happiness

Noticed 3 young boys playing with corn sacks on the end of a stick as if they were jousting knights. Very creative and happy with what they have. We should all be so grateful.

Boys creating their own happiness.

Boys creating their own happiness.

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House Building 101- Less is More

Spent the day with Julian and Jorge and home owner building the foundation for an addition to a small casa. My first day at this altitude of over 5000 feet plus climbed another 30 stories to the work site so a wee bit short of breath. Or was it the breathtaking view?

Typical house construction on the steep hill-side in San Antonio

Typical house construction on the steep hill-side in San Antonio

Most of the poorer people live high on the hillside.

Most of the poorer people live high on the hillside.

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TOM ARRIVES IN SAN ANTONIO

A special spot for visiting Rotarians.

A special spot for visiting Rotarians.

Have arrived in San Antonio Palopo. Luciano met me at the airport around 7 am and we got here at 11. Had to stop at the dispensia in Panajahel for the usual litre of vino tinto for $6. I splurged and bought 2 after withdrawing from the Atm which still works.
Jacqueline and David met me along with Manuela and Jose.
I have a penthouse suite this year # 15!
Walked downtown and had lunch at Catalinas. My favourite, fried pollo .
Saw Julian, Sandra and Francisca at the new store, then walked up to the new school which is full of laughing screaming happy kids. And still standing!
Good to be back and looking forward to some great work and commeraderie.

View from the restaurant.

View from the restaurant.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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