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Rotary Water Filter Distribution-Week One

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Jaime, Marta Castilo (President of the Masaya Rotary Club), Darrell Ward, Liz, & Pochote community members with their new bucket filters.
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Bucket Filter Assembly Training

We are happy to have Darrell Ward here with us again in Nicaragua.  He is here with us for a month distributing bucket filters to hundreds of people in the rural areas of Masaya.  Darrell is a member of the Muskogee OK Rotary Club and has been working in Nicaragua for years distributing water filters and working on other water projects that aim to provide potable water and improving quality of life.  This is our first time helping with the distribution process. We started in Pochote, where 50 families went home with new filters that will provide clean drinking water for 30 year or up to one million gallons.

These Sawyer filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and parasites that live in the water found in these communities.  Our day began with Darrell giving a training on how to assemble the unit before each person received their own to assemble and show that they knew how to clean the filter before they could take it home with them.  Below is a video of one man assembling his bucket filter.

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Darrell Ward with community members of Nandayure with their new bucket filters.

Day two was spent in Nandayure, another community outside of the city of Masaya where another 50 families received filters.  We drove to a small church down a dirt pig trail until we came to group of people waiting for our arrival.

Again Darrell gave an assembly training and after we stepped outside and began the distribution.  The video is of a women who we visited in her home showing us that she knew how to clean her filter.

Another important piece of this project is to visit homes that already have filters to check in to see how the filter is working, to ask any questions, and to do any repairs that may need to be done to filters.  We visited 10 families this past week, here are a few pictures of the home visits.

We want to thank Darrell for allowing us to help him on this amazing project, we are only one week in, stay tuned for updates about what else we will be busy with this month!

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September 15th a Day of Independence

“The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821. Since its independence, Nicaragua has undergone periods of political unrest, dictatorship, and fiscal crisis—the most notable causes that led to the Nicaraguan Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua

 

Tuesday we celebrated with the community of the Laguna de Apoyo with a parade, gathering in the school, and a marching band.

Watercolors & Wheat Paste

100_1649 We have been working on another art project in our preK classroom here in la Laguna de Apoyo.  Working with watercolors and wheat paste we created a no-waste hand tree mural on our wall.  Yesterday we traced and painted our hands and cut them out, the scrap paper from our hands turned into the trunk of the tree.

Last night while making dinner I cooked up a batch of wheat paste to use as an adhesive that would hold up on the concrete walls of the room.  Wheat paste is widely used by street artists around the world to leave their piece of inspiration in public spaces.  It is relatively easy to make and keeps for a long period of time in stored in a sealed container,  which is a cheap alternative to glue.

wheat paste poster

 

 

August 2015 Teacher Training Granada, Nicaragua

For the past year Future Roots Project has been working with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education and have secured a monthly training with 1st Grade teachers from the State of Granada.  Last Friday we had our first training since our return from the United States.
Focusing on dynamic activities such as organizational tools, literacy, recycled art activities, music & more lets us share things we have seen work in our classrooms with teachers who need help the most.  We believe that it doesn’t take an iPad in every child’s lap to create a positive change in current classrooms, it takes teachers equipped with a set of useful tools that they have access to.
There is a true push for reform in the education system here in Nicaragua which means a time for growth & inspiration in classrooms. The reality is that these teachers have very little in their tool box right now, but we are working on changing that.

Bubbles!!

We want to send a shout out to our friend Kevan Sano O’Brien for stopping by school today with bubbles and outfits for all of the kids.  We always love seeing Kevan when she is in town and look forward to her visit again next year!

If you would like to make a donation please visit

www.gofundme.com/futureroots

Any support is very appreciated! Every dollar is used to sustain our project in Nicaragua, not to administrative costs.

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Rotary Trip to Muskogee, Oklahoma

Flying into Tulsa, OK

DSC_0599We want to thank Darrell Ward and the Muskogee Rotary Club for being such amazing hosts these past few days.  It was wonderful to present to your club about the collaborative work we are doing in Nicaragua.  This water filter project is one of the most amazing projects we have witnessed in our time in Central America.  These small, affordable, and easy to clean devices have changed the lives of hundreds of people already.

DSC_0368me and familyWe were thrilled to finally meet the club behind this project and did we ever have a wonderful time.  The Rotary Club of Muskogee offered the coolest venue we have presented at yet, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Thank you again for having us and we look forward to seeing you again next year, but now…it’s time to get back to Nicaragua!

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After six trips, I think this will be this will be the last for this suite case.

100_1137We are so excited to get back to our project and friends in the Land of Volcanoes.  Thank you to everyone who makes our work possible and be sure to keep an eye on our website as we update you on this next adventure.

header realTo make a donation please visit

http://www.futurerootsproject.com/donate

You can also contact us at futurerootsproject@gmail.com for more details about sending a donation via mail.

~Liz & Jaime