Posts tagged "SPA Grant"
Camp Mariposas - Day 2

Camp Mariposas — Day 2

The girl’s made it through the first night with­out inci­dent or injury in their dor­mi­to­ries. We owe the chap­er­ones stay­ing with the girls big time. Day 2 was packed full, start­ing with yoga at 8:00am and then with pre­sen­ta­tions about self-esteem, crit­i­cal think­ing, and body image. All the camp par­tic­i­pants took a fair­ly inten­sive ver­sion of the...
Take the good with the smoky

Take the good with the smoky

And oth­er lessons being learned in the stove project. We are in the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion phase doing a final round of sur­veys to try to quan­ti­fy fuel sav­ings after a few months with the effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves. Since the fam­i­lies typ­i­cal­ly only buy wood once or twice a year, we switched to mea­sur­ing wood usage for cook­ing...
My favorite type of day

My favorite type of day

Full of good peo­ple talk­ing about good things over great food, and I have a new cer­tifi­cate of appre­ci­a­tion for the solar stove and effi­cient cook­stove work.
How to build a combustion chamber

How to build a combustion chamber

The trick­i­est por­tion of the effi­cient cook­stove con­struc­tion process is assem­bling the inter­nal com­bus­tion cham­ber. It isn’t dif­fi­cult, but requires a few sets of hands and under­stand­ing how the inte­ri­or pieces fit togeth­er. Two women hold the pieces in place while a third filled in around them with the sand/gravel mix­ture. This was the fourth stove assem­bly...
Before and After

Before and After

The stove instal­la­tions are actu­al­ly almost all done. I saw 4 yes­ter­day and 1 today, and I look for­ward to going back and tak­ing all the “before” and “after” pic­tures. The instal­la­tion is a quick process, except for con­fig­ur­ing the chim­ney. The women typ­i­cal­ly have to drill holes in the walls of their kitchens or remove a few roof tiles to...
Burning, burning wood

Burning, burning wood

But now so much less wood. The first few effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves from our USAID Small Project Assis­tance grant have been installed. They seem awe­some, and the woman are report­ing excel­lent results. The reduc­tion in wood usage is imme­di­ate­ly appar­ent, but I will wait to take mea­sure­ments until all the stoves are installed and they have...
Ready to Rock 'n Roll

Ready to Rock ‘n Roll

Appar­ent­ly one way that devel­op­ment work can start is with a wad of cash. This is Micha and me mak­ing the trans­fer of funds for the effi­cient wood-burn­ing cook­stove project. Ah, noth­ing like get­ting a few thou­sand dol­lars in denom­i­na­tions of $5’s, $10’s and $50’s, or their peso equiv­a­lents. Pret­ty excit­ing and a bit scary, and I am glad...