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Archive for November 2013

Launch forward to Iquitos..

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3 days, 3 boats, 3 combi’s, and 2 motor taxis later we finally made to the city within the jungle. Good times..

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November 29, 2013 at 4:00 am

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Market in Yurimaguas..

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Pretty darn huge market.. just about to pick up some S/. 1 or 30 cent shotgun shells from the misc items..

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See if you can find them..

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November 29, 2013 at 3:49 am

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Making a cocina mejorada even more mejor..

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THe primary school had a base and a tube in place, but was still cooking their meals from an open fire in the kitchen.  Only seemed best to have a new cooktop fabricated in Chachapoyas.  Big thanks to masons in town for helping then install it nicely today:


Just needs about 10 – 14 days to dry before it can be tested out.

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November 24, 2013 at 4:40 am

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Gocta Waterfalls, Part Two…

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This time with the 9 new Peace Corps volunteers that will be joining the crew in Amazonas department at the end of this month.  We all took the day off to hike the lower section of Gocta Cataratas starting from Cocachimba.  After the couple hour hike we enjoyed swimming in the cold pool below and taking in the magnificent folded rock layers.

Worth visiting here in this part of Peru.. pretty awesomely tall waterfall.

 

 

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November 19, 2013 at 4:15 am

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Welcome to our new house..

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A couple weeks ago we moved ourselves and our things down the hill and in with another family.  Filadephio, Marysabel, and Ketin have been very welcoming and we are very thankful for sharing their home with us.  Have a quick look at our new set-up.

Thanks

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November 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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Water Filter in Casmal..

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Located about a 2 1/2 walk from Molinopampa, Casmal is one of those annexes that doesn’t get alot of visitors, nor attention from other folks in the district.  But I have enjoyed making my way up there and visiting the small community.  During my last stop by, I was able to bring by a new ceramic filter for the small school of 11 students.  Sold by Mercantil Interamericana these Filtrons have ‘colloidal silver’ within the ceramic material to kill parasites and bacteria.  It seems worth a try there in the school, because normally the kids are just drinking from the couple of faucets, which if anything like the water quality now in the rest of the district, is pretty poor.  Used the filter as a teaching tool about water quality and personal hygiene and think the kids and teacher enjoyed my visit and will use the device for some time.  Will be going back next month for monitoring, so I sure hope soo..   Thank you greatly Tom and Nanci Pruter for the quick donation a couple months ago to pick this (and another one) up for the school.

Set the filter up in the back of the room.  When the kids have break they'll be able to bring their cups to the device after it has filtered.

Set the filter up in the back of the room. When the kids have break they’ll be able to bring their cups to the device after it has filtered.

Not able to take too many pictures while I was busy teaching the kids, but you can see they are very attentive and happy to have the new filter in their classroom (at the back).

Not able to take too many pictures while I was busy teaching the kids, but you can see they are very attentive and happy to have the new filter in their classroom (at the back).

 

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November 14, 2013 at 3:55 am

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Neighbor Reyna can read once again and see her stiches..

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Thank you greatly Mom and Dad for bringing those ‘Readers’ here to Peru, our friends over here are very greatful..

Reyna

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November 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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