jueves, 27 de agosto de 2009


Books: "Negra, Negra Noche", "Miedoso", "Nico y los Lobos Feroces"
Activity: scary masks

miércoles, 26 de agosto de 2009

August / Agosto

august's great news....
carolina pedraza and thomas cole got married on july 25th and made an amazing pledge: they asked all their guests to contribute to caldo de piedra instead of accepting wedding gifts.
now we have enough money to buy an entire new children's collection for the corner of chamelco's library, some good materials and pay a volunteer for a year.
this is the most generous gift we have yet received and we are extremely grateful. we'll soon post who the contributions were made by...
the san juan chamelco library is run by the municipality which hires two librarians. it is a small but well-run library. its children's corner was run by a volunteer who left some months ago and has been gathering dust ever since, neither librarian seems keen to resurrect it.
so our plan is to buy materials, fill it slowly with new stock, and start a weekly session. then over the next few months find a new local volunteer to run sessions...

jueves, 13 de agosto de 2009


having found a place to live, a school for our daughter and library
that may need our help, we've decided to give san juan chimelco (a
small town close to coban) a try. we've been striving to get there the
last few days, but after a pick-up died and four-by-four faltered, we
are now closer than ever to loading our boxes into any vehicle headed
in that direction.
we have some very exciting funding news coming up... relating to the
marriage of carolina pedraza and thomas col in michigan city... they
have asked all their friends and family that instead of giving gifts
they make donations to caldo de piedra. this is an incredibly generous
act of faith. we'll use these funds to support the library in san
antonio and in san juan chamelco, if this proves workable. if not,
we'll find another community in the alta vera paz region.
as before, we aim to work with a community that's keen, ready to use
our books and training to create their own libraries.
we've also decided that in the current climate we prefer to stay small
and grass roots. so with great thank to rodrigo callejas, the lawyer
who donated his time unstintingly, we are putting the foundation plans
on hold. this way we can accept donations in a less formal way from
those who have confidence in caldo de piedra, without the
complications and overheads of a board, accountants and all the other