DAY 25

Tim returned from the villages yesterday. He was muddy and smelled like a gym locker, ugh. The team assessed Kiajanomby, the village farther north, on Tuesday afternoon and returned to Amandrovany. They assessed Amandrovany Wednesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, Tim storied with some of the children and the few adults who attended. He thought he was […]

DAY 22

Today we met with the J-girls to talk about the week’s activities. Tim, Rivo, Mirina, Heather and Cara leave tomorrow morning for Amandrovany and Kianjanomby. They will stay in Amandrovany for the night, then hike further North to Kianjanomby on Wednesday, returning home before nightfall. This hike will be our first visit with both villages. […]

DAY 18

We live in a time relative culture where arriving 15 to 30 minutes after the agreed time is acceptable; however, Tim is now unsure just how much one can beg from an “appointment”. He woke at four this morning for a 4:30 rendezvous with the plumber who was to take public transportation after the meeting […]

Day 13

The “plumbers” came at 10am today only discover they do not have a pipe wrench large enough to change the fittings from the broken pump to the new one. They left saying they would return at 3.  Tim managed to “convince” his tools to change the fittings. This involved rope, channel locks, the pipe from […]

DAY 12

We still have no running water at the house. We have rain barrels that are fed from our gutters; the overflow goes into a cement cistern. We have already used the three barrels behind our house and are now dependent on the two barrels in front of our house. A new pump has been purchased […]

DAY 6

We are staying in a hotel tonight because there is no running water at our house. We pump water from a well up to a water tower, then it runs into the house. Tim has been working with a plumber all day trying to solve the problem but there has been more than one: A […]

DAY 4

– It is raining now.– It has rained everyday since we arrived.– When the rain stopped, it only slowed to a drizzle.– It’s the dry season. We are still unpacking boxes, repairing electrical outlets and switches, and searching for that thing in that box that goes with the other thing from another box… Anna is […]

DAY 2

We are finally in our HOME in the rainforest. Yes, it is raining very hard right now; and it’s the dry season… We arrived Monday around 4:30 and lost daylight about 5:45. The truck was completely unpacked by 7pm. We celebrated Anna’s birthday at the Hotel Christo (about 15km away) with Heather and Cara, our […]

DAY 2

We are finally in our HOME in the rainforest. Yes, it is raining very hard right now; and it’s the dry season… We arrived Monday around 4:30 and lost daylight about 5:45. The truck was completely unpacked by 7pm. We celebrated Anna’s birthday at the Hotel Christo (about 15km away)with Heather and Cara, our J-girls. […]