[fsf60k] tanned and toned
- From: "Wiltamuth, Dick" <Dick.Wiltamuth@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <fsf60k@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 14:02:40 -0600
dear friends, pete white led another very successful trip to nicaragua with 47 willing students. three homes were built, suitcase contents distributed, lessons taught. but beyond those routine tasks, several new projects were accomplished or launched. 1. two solar cookers were bought for a total of $340 with student funds from a mini-factory run by grupo fenix. cooks in nuevo amanecer and chacraseca have been experimenting with them, in one instance demonstrating it is indeed hot enough there to fry eggs. time will tell if the cookers will be accepted into common use, weaning them from smoky wood fires. 2. another branch of grupo fenix, suni solar, installed lights and two outlets in the community center of nuevo. the installation is working, giving the community its first lights. the total cost had been estimated at $1,850 but came out to be $2,700 because more lights and the outlets were needed. students picked up the cost above the $1,850 paid by friends. suni is to provide an estimate on supplying solar power to individual homes for one or two light bulbs. 3. enhancement has begun of nuevo's water system to improve pressure to part of the community and to replace some damaged pipes and too-small pipes.the work is being done by pedro lopez, who installed the original system and has much experience. the original tank will be moved to a higher location and will be placed on a tower. and a new tank and tower will be located in an area where pressure was low. students and citizens dug new trenches. the cost, about $8,000, will be paid from the $24,000 in iovino family foundation funds given to friends as reimbursement for what students had spent on the original system. a diesel generator is now supplying power to the pump, and replacing it with solar panels is a possibility for the future. 4. the austrian-nicaraguan nonprofit called chica is well on its way to providing running water for all of chacraseca. pete met with the project administrator, elmer zelaya, who indicated that the effort may run out of money before completion. if so, we may look into securing additional funds to finish the project. 5. students spent an afternoon in managua with jerry, who is promoting biointensive farming on small plots. during the april student trip, it is hoped that work on the plots can begin in nuevo. also, some members of friends are planning a visit to nicaragua during march. the student trip is scheduled for april 16-24.
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