martes, 17 de agosto de 2010


Pics of Aldea Chio's new textbooks - courtesy of ChildAid and Rosita who sorted them and brought them up here.  

sábado, 14 de agosto de 2010

Rather overdue update... Sessions at the Chi'o Primary chool are going
brilliantly. Every Wednesday we read and paint/ make things with the
top three grades. They are a bunch of around twenty or so; really
lovely kids. Every book we read with them we donate. Recent books have
included: Gallego a la Orilla del Mar, Ramona La Mona, Perdido y Encontrado, Como Atrapar Una Estrella, and La Casa que Quería Un Sol, read by Kyle, since Cassandra was away on a yoga
course in Atitlan. The head teacher, Alicia, really wants to build a
library space... where we can put shelves, cushions and rugs....and
all the classes could use at different times. She's trying to raise
money for this. Any help welcome. On Thursdays Cass has started
teaching yoga to second and third grades. Never has she heard so much
laughter in a yoga class! Kyle is helping the library in Chamelco with
a donation of books because they desperately need new stuff to read to
their kids. He bought lots of lovely new books at the Feria de Libros
in the City in July. Sorry for the lack of photos, our camera was
stolen (Kyle was robbed at gunpoint in the City!) hope we can resolve
this soon...

martes, 18 de mayo de 2010

may... or maybe not....

after an unnecessarily long struggle, there is finally water in the library.
but somehow, after all the agony, we don't seem to be gathering
momentum in chamelco: perhaps it's a personality thing, or the lack of municipal
support, general inertia, who knows.... but we've been thinking things over and how
best to move forward.

so here's the plan. to round things off with the library, leaving
books, carpet and cushions promised and let them proceed as they see fit.
our name hints at how we work: in collaboration. and when it's not
going anywhere best to let sleeping dogs lie.

then we are going to start reading with a small rural school in barrio
chi'o and see if that works better.... the school is small, simple, with a few
interested teachers.... let's see!

meanwhile san antonio is going well we hear... aided by a school in
the city, Las Cumbres, who are doing social volunteering at the library... reading and helping out.

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Lao Tzu

miércoles, 10 de marzo de 2010

Re: books and water

well.... i weakened and did a session last week on 'el arco de valores' by rebeca orozco and menena cottin which is fantastic. and now we're back doing our weekly sessions! this week we're reading 'marta y la bicicleta' by germano zullo and albertine. 

good news is reicken are looking for funds to provide a pump and we're pressing the mayor to build the cistern (our neighbour a wonderful deaf engineer has designed it all). so water is imminent....

oh, and just look at the new large space the municipality has bestowed on us!

(picture coming...)

martes, 9 de febrero de 2010

Quick Update

well... we bought many books in mexico: beautiful, cfe books, on sale, and brought them home in our rucksacks. and in the city we bought two bright spongy carpets and more than a dozen cushions. and rosita steele has made lovely covers for them! and the great news is the first floor of the library has been painted and is ready for us to move in (giving us four times the space we had before). the only problem being water. we have none. for the children to wash their hands before they read books, flush the toilet and to clean up the library. we scheduled a meeting with the mayor to discuss this... but as yet haven't managed to see him. it may to be complicated to resolve (none of the centre of town has water, including us, but we manage with a pump). he may not have funds to sort it out.... we'll have to see what
happens... in the meantime we're reticent to start, because we wouldn't be able to look after the new books we have properly....

keep you all posted.

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." Lao Tzu