12th June 2011
This post has a bunch of videos, so if you are reading this on facebook you will need to view the post on our blog in order to see the videos. Here is the link: http://www.toonesalive.com/blog/family/?p=2863
Here is a collage of videos from our trip … enjoy! But before you watch our videos, you should watch the first video below which explains the work of Nuevas Esperanzas in the community of El Ojochal.
Here are all of our videos with descriptions ABOVE each video:
This is a video of a short segment of the road to the El Ojochal community. The road is extremely rugged, but the Toyota Landcruiser is able to make it up and bring supplies for building rainwater harvesting tanks and other projects.
Andrew explains the view that we are seeing around Volcan Telica. The communities of Agua Fria and El Ojochal are high up on the volcano. Agua Fria was temporarily evacuated after the recent eruption. Hopefully it has settled down, but there is no evidence that the magma activity has subsided.
A gecko grabs a moth off the wall right outside our room. These geckos make a sweeting kissing sound when they are calling to each other. They are lightning fast and catch all kinds of insects – if only they ate mosquitoes!
Andrew explains some of the views from our vantage point on a hillside summit overlooking the crater of Volcan Telica.
A member of the El Ojochal community explains some of the challenges with the reforestation project.
Horseback riding from the lower part of El Ojochal to the very top. The road built by Nuevas Esperanzas stops at the school, which is the central part of the community. To get to the highest houses, you have to hike or take a horse. We chose to take a horseback ride up the steep mountain.
Members of Nuevas Esperanzas see one of the bee hives up close. Amazing that team member Erica (in the white shirt) didn’t even have gloves on!
Enrique from the Nuevas Esperanzas team explains to us the gardening project.
El Ojochal preschool (3-5 yr olds) kids welcome us with a short song.
More video of the drive up to El Ojochal on the road built by Nuevas Esperanzas.
A collage of videos from the arsenic project in the communities of Nuevas Amanecer and La Union.
Video of the school in the community of Nueva Amanecer – plus view of the El Ojochal hillside.
Riding in the back of the truck to Nueva Amanecer and La Union.
Anna plays a very large game of hopskotch after church.