[fsf60k] new year's achieve

dear friends,
at a festive new year's celebration meeting last night, several matters
came to our collective attention.
a question was raised about the $24,000 received by students for 60,000
from the iovino foundation. the money was reimbursement for the nuevo
amanecer water project, and the question was whether the funds could be
spent for any purpose in nicaragua or whether the $24,000 should go for
water only. clarification will be sought. enhancement of the nuevo
system will cost about $5,000, and several other projects have been
mentioned, such as solar power discussed below. graduates of the
students group met and recommended using the money in nicaragua to fund
projects according to the wishes of the communities.
the student trip will be feb. 13-21. in order to spend money wisely, the
group wants to find out priorities of the people of nuevo. contact will
be made soon, and answers hopefully will come before we leave via
conchita and others. a community meeting to set up priorities will be
held during the trip. one issue is whether the community center in nuevo
should get solar power. bob skypala is working with a contractor in
managua, suni solar. if approval is given, work can begin soon at a cost
estimated at $1,800. the group authorized money for this project. george
pardo mentioned a solar kit selling for about $80 that would provide a
light or two for each house. solar flashlights selling for $12 each also
could be an option for homes.
carol werblin presented a bill for $896 for 25 pairs of boots and socks
for the homeless men served by hihi. she noted a suspicion that some of
the donated personal items are being sold for cash, and plans a stricter
accounting system so that one person, for example, does not receive
several coats. carol also said one roll of film has been shot for the
photo project friends also is funding. disposable cameras are being
given to the homeless men to document their lives. carol said the first
photos are very impressive. an exhibit is planned for march.
our lady of the miraculous medal in wyandanch lost donated items in a
fire. we will find out what we can do to help.
a letter-writing campaign on behalf of day laborers may be undertaken.
 

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