|Water & Sanitation vest, looking professional|
|My room: Organized Chaos|
|Where am I? Hope this map helps|
|Luis Lee- Coordinator and all around awesome guy|
- Project Design and Management workshop with Peace Corps:
We talked about how to formulate clear objectives, goals, and create activities that allow us to accomplish those goals. We also created a project time-line and budget.
|Peace Corps Volunteers with their Community Partners|
This workshop was a HUGE help because it made the idea of implementing a project seem very simple and provided tools on how to get the job done. My counterpart (Victor) was from the Health Post and did a great job. We have been working hard on your project.
May was also Mothers Day and my host mom's (Sra. Lucha) and host sister's (Daniella) birthdays! So the whole extended family came over for a big dinner and cake.
I bought my sister a hat from Ayacucho and my host mother a small piece of pottery that is covered with different types of seeds. It is meant to bring good luck and prosperity to the household.
|I bought baby Lucas a hat too|
|15 Kilos of 65% powdered Chlorine. Don't breath in!|
I convinced our Mayor that we needed to clean out the town reservoir. Normally, a reservoir is cleaned twice a year, but ours had not been disinfected for over 4 years! There is sediment in the water that slowly sinks to the bottom of the water tank and over the years has built up into quite a large amount of sludge.
So we calculated the amount of Chlorine we would need to use for the disinfection, and the Municipality paid for it and told us to be careful, because the roof could collapse at any minute...
|Interior of Tank|
It turns out they haven't been cleaning it because it was built in 1959 and it may or may not be structurally safe to clean.
We emptied this stuff, bucket by bucket for about 3 hours. It was pretty smelly work. I stayed on the roof and helped haul up the muck, but there were three other guys who were in the tank shoveling the stuff up for quite some time.
I took a video of the process and have shown the mayor what happens if you do not clean out the reservoir regularly. I hope it will lead to a discussion about building a new tank, which they are in much need of.
|The dream team at the end of the days disinfection|
That was the month of May in a nutshell. June has been just as busy, but I will write about that in the next post.