Tanto Que Hacer y Tan Poco Tiempo

Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
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Trip End Apr 2008


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Monday, November 12, 2007

¡Saludos!

Hoy estoy en Machala recorriendo por toda la ciudad, esperando terminar con todos las tareas que tengo que hacer. Entonces, escribiré sólo lo interesante...

Well, I'm down to the last five months of service (four months and nineteen days, but who's counting?) and as excited as I am to return home, I feel that my work here is not finished. De hecho, it seems that in many ways I am just getting started: the library is still in development; the environmental group is motivated but still new;and there is so much more I'd like to teach at the elementary school. Yet, extension of service is not in the cards.  Work and study are calling my name. I suppose I will simply have to utilize my time as efficiently as posible in these last months, nada más. (You'll have to excuse the spanglish - my English fails me at times).

One way in which I am hoping to expedite the development of two projects is through the "Support My Travels" page I set up here on Travelpod. (Check it out and tell your friends!) Typically, Peace Corps frowns upon the acceptance of donations for projects from outside sources, and for good reason. Sustainability is the name of the game and free money doesn't typically guarantee it. However, in this case, I have confidence in the sustainability of both projects, given the personal investment of the participants and the feasibility of completion. AND, I don't have time left to start ANOTHER grant proposal.  In other words, I'm cheating, but I think it's worth it.

One project for which I am accepting donations is that of the community library.  To date, we have collected over 150 books and  purchased  several more with funds raised through community activities.  The library is functioning regularly and we are currently investigating the possibility of donations from the "Consejo Provincial." 

The other project is a small business venture, which will be managed by "Guardianes de la Naturaleza," which has raised funds for the creation of a webpage and is currently organizing local youth to form a "tourism guide" cooperative. The dedication of its members is evident. Therefore, when they approached me about  securing funds for a "Eco-Hostal Project" I was eager to help. They plan to contribute more than 20% of the total budget, including materials, and labor.  The idea is this: a female member of the group will work with other members to fix-up the third floor of her home in order to host tourists. Fifteen percent of profits from room rentals will be donated to the organization for the purposes of developing other eco-tourism projects (trail construction, orchid garden etc).

Well, I'm about out of time. And, I chose the WRONG internet cafe. Apparently, this one is primarily for gamers and no one is required to turn the volume down on their gun-shooting, car-crashing, granade-launching video games! Ya no aguanto.

Hasta pronto.
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