Nicaragua Day 2

Day two in Nicaragua has been a much busier and more active day than the first day.  I think the travel and change in environment caught up with me today. I am tired! We started the day early and headed to Rosa's Learning Center. I came on this Learning Center Trek in 2009 and am so proud of my friend Rosa who's center I saw then and how much it's grown since! She got a permission to take a group of abandon buildings and turn them into a facility. Right now she has 20 volunteers under her and several buildings. Not only that but her one library is now 4 libraries and a mobile library. She also looks for opportunities to help surrounding communities and has provided water to a dozen rural areas that before didn't have it! My friend is doing incredible work!

When we arrived at the center we started with doing our workshops. My workshop was making jewelry out of bicycle inner tubes. I provided the materials and ideas and loved seeing the creativity of the women.

Many thanks to those of you who donated to my project! Your help made everything go much smoother!

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 This was one of my students, she is wearing her earrings.

This was one of my students, she is wearing her earrings.

 These ladies showing off their new jewelry. They were so creative!

These ladies showing off their new jewelry. They were so creative!

I think our group organized at least 5 or 6 different workshops. A lot of the women came from miles around, some rode the bus for 2 hours to attend. Several of these women have their own learning centers, they took what they learned today to teach the people back home. Here are some photos of the other workshops we did.

 Carrie teaching embroidered cards

Carrie teaching embroidered cards

 Mike making fishing lures with the guys.

Mike making fishing lures with the guys.

 My mom painting nails. We are three generations traveling here today, my mom, my son, and myself.

My mom painting nails. We are three generations traveling here today, my mom, my son, and myself.

 Pam with a beginners sewing project.

Pam with a beginners sewing project.

 Pictured here are Rosa and Karen, along with Abishua. They have been to our house and we love being at their house. Rosa is the one who is in charge of this learning center, who I am so proud of!

Pictured here are Rosa and Karen, along with Abishua. They have been to our house and we love being at their house. Rosa is the one who is in charge of this learning center, who I am so proud of!

From there we went to tour the rest of her center. Which I will picture here.

 Joanie and a few others asked Stevens Point Hotels to donate shampoos and soaps for gifts as a small gift of appreciation for the women who visited.

Joanie and a few others asked Stevens Point Hotels to donate shampoos and soaps for gifts as a small gift of appreciation for the women who visited.

And here is the entire center. Rosa came to WI a while back and learned about organizing a sports team. Then she went home and organized a team of 20 eight to ten year olds, those kids are now 18-20 years old. They are called the rainbow team. Near her house were a set of abandoned buildings the city allowed for her to develop them and making them into the learning center. The Rainbow team and her have made this happen!

 I would call this building the "Commons" here they have a kitchen, and space. This is where we did the workshops today.

I would call this building the "Commons" here they have a kitchen, and space. This is where we did the workshops today.

 This is in another small building for advance sewing. The women are making beekeeping suits. In another area the bee boxes are being made. The bee keepers sell the honey, but the waxes are along with oils from plants in the gardens are being used to make lotions.

This is in another small building for advance sewing. The women are making beekeeping suits. In another area the bee boxes are being made. The bee keepers sell the honey, but the waxes are along with oils from plants in the gardens are being used to make lotions.

 When a shipment comes from WI it comes in a giant box, it's called a Gaylord box. It is really thick. The center is making furniture from the cardboard of these boxes. They also use these boxes for the bees. That chair is also from the box. And super sturdy!

When a shipment comes from WI it comes in a giant box, it's called a Gaylord box. It is really thick. The center is making furniture from the cardboard of these boxes. They also use these boxes for the bees. That chair is also from the box. And super sturdy!

 They are also making these toilets from the boxes. They use the boxes in step one to making things, after they master making things from the boxes they move on to wood. The toilet on your right is wooden. A person uses this toilet, cat style. with a bucket full of saw dust underneath, it's a dry toilet.

They are also making these toilets from the boxes. They use the boxes in step one to making things, after they master making things from the boxes they move on to wood. The toilet on your right is wooden. A person uses this toilet, cat style. with a bucket full of saw dust underneath, it's a dry toilet.

 The plants in front here are medicinal, they are the ones used in the lotions. This black bag is full of methane gas. In front of this is a pig pen, the pigs create the gas. The hose connects to the kitchen and powers the stove.

The plants in front here are medicinal, they are the ones used in the lotions. This black bag is full of methane gas. In front of this is a pig pen, the pigs create the gas. The hose connects to the kitchen and powers the stove.

 The methane producers.

The methane producers.

 And lastly, this is the lab where the women are learning the science of essential oils, soaps, and lotions. I wish I would have taken more photos of the outside of the buildings, but you get the idea.

And lastly, this is the lab where the women are learning the science of essential oils, soaps, and lotions. I wish I would have taken more photos of the outside of the buildings, but you get the idea.

As we were boarding the bus to go to another rural community, our tour guide spotted a log full of termites. This is a picture of him eating them! He also offered them to many people on the bus, ewww!!! Mike Wiza, our mayor, at some too! Gross!!!

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The town we went to next is called VIlla Japon, it is small poor community. This town had to manually pump water everyday everyone one would take a turn for an hour a day to pump and it would take 12 hours of the day. Rosa and Karen want to help communities surrounding them. They went there and saw the way water was being pumped. They told community that if they built the water building, and dug the tunnel, they would find a source for a pump. Two weeks later the community finished the building and tunnels. W/NP provided the pump.

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These are some houses from the neighborhood.

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 I was drawn to the fence in this yard. The need for resources always spurs creativity.

I was drawn to the fence in this yard. The need for resources always spurs creativity.

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After leaving the community we stopped at Rosa's house. Where her lending library is still strong. They see children at the library twice a week. Now this library has spurred on three other libraries and a mobile library.

 The SPASH students made books that we shared at Rosa's Library as well.

The SPASH students made books that we shared at Rosa's Library as well.

After this we headed to a new town for a hotel stay. This hotel was previously an Italian house with a coffee plantation. It has now been transformed into a hotel. It's owned by an artist. I love the creativity everywhere I look here.

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 We drive around with all the luggage over top of the van.  This is unloading as we prepared to call it a night.

We drive around with all the luggage over top of the van.  This is unloading as we prepared to call it a night.

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Lastly, because it's strange. There is a goose at this hotel. It's an artsy goose, like the artsy hotel. I will post more photos on the hotel tomorrow. Good night!

Rosalind Kealiher