Demonstration Center Activities - early April 2013


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An update on Mano a Mano's Demonstration & Training Center project in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which aims to provide Bolivian farmers training on best use of their water to ensure maximum benefits from the water projects that Mano a Mano has built with them.

The last few weeks we have been working on finishing the bathrooms and working on the buildings where the training workshops and overnight facilities for traveling participants will take place.

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Demonstration Center Activities - early April 2013

  1. 1. “ A P L E A S A N T W O R K E N V I R O N M E N T . ”MA N O A MA N O D E MO N S T R A T I O N & T R A I N I N GC E N T E R ( C E A , B Y I T S A C R O N Y M I N S P A N I S H )Weeks 13 and 14April 1-April 13, 2013
  2. 2. Processes that are completed The bathroom is ready and in use The bathroom demonstrates how even the simple actof going to the bathroom can be made moreenvironmentally friendly. Our bathroom has these advantages: Doesn’t waste water Doesn’t contaminate underground water Doesn’t contaminate the environment Is hygienic and avoids bad odors Eliminates microorganisms dangerous to our health Transforms excretes into a nutritious fertilizer
  3. 3. Leonardo completes the installation of the urinal.Pablo supervises the completion of the details.
  4. 4. Installation of the steps
  5. 5. The bathroom iscompleted.
  6. 6. Painting of the perimeter internal wall With the goal of providing better security to the CEA,a perimeter wall was installed. The wall reflected the sunlight, however, and causedthe area to be extremely hot. The wall was painted to cut down on the heat.
  7. 7. We decided to play with mud
  8. 8. Pablo and Hamet prepare the mud to paint the wall
  9. 9. After distributing the materials, we begin the game.
  10. 10. Hamet painting the wall
  11. 11. Jacky, Francisco and Fatima decide to work on the details.
  12. 12. The CEA before painting the wall
  13. 13. The CEA after
  14. 14. Infrastructure Step by step, the dream of a training center for thefarmers is taking shape. The infrastructure is a very important component. The main rooms such as the kitchen, the food room,and the warehouses are taking shape. The roof and other details continue to beconstructed.
  15. 15. Bricklayers preparing scaffolding to continue work in the warehouses
  16. 16. Work on the office and the entry is completed
  17. 17. Progress on the RoofThe construction of the roofcontinues and the structure ispainted.
  18. 18. A little work remains to complete the structureand begin assembling the roof.
  19. 19. Construction of the sidewalkExcavation and leveling for the construction of the sidewalk for visitors
  20. 20. Paving the sidewalk
  21. 21. Soon, we will have most of the infrastructurefor the development of the workshops.
  22. 22. Educational activities with children On April 12, the Day of the Child in Bolivia, youthstudying the environment completed an activity todemonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit. They developed a product to be sold in differentparts of the city. A group of 5 students made toys with recycledmaterial and left to sell them in parks and streets inCochabamba, earning the profits from the toys.
  23. 23. Leonardo, Marisol, Juan and Gabriela walk and offer their products.
  24. 24. Juan offers the toys to Camilita.
  25. 25. Isabel and Marisolconvince Camilita’sfather to buythe toys.
  26. 26. Camilita is happy over her new toys and the group is happy to havesuccessfully sold their toys.
  27. 27. Processes that continue The youth continue helping with routine activities atthe CEA, like planning the planting of their plots.
  28. 28. Youth helping with the beans and corn
  29. 29. Pablo gives seedlings to a student to plant in her plot.
  30. 30. Looking aheadThe CEA hopes to give all of the public a seed ofconsciousness surrounding the production of healthyfoods and how to care for the environment.