Improved Cookstove training

It has been quite some time since I last wrote in my blog. Sometimes I feel bad that I post so infrequently, but I know plenty of PCVs who are a lot worse at it than me. Oh well. It’s my blog, and I’m going to post on it when I feel like it!

Anyways, life has been drumming along quite nicely. In the month of October, I took my mason, Lin, to a training so that he can learn how to build the improved cook stoves that we are implementing as a project in my community. There were 10 volunteers invited, each of whom brought a Dominican mason along with them which would be working on the project with them. The training was held in a small community called Higuerito near the city of Santiago. It is in this town that PC/DR is working with an association of local artisans to produce the ceramic pieces necessary to create our stoves. What better place than at the factory itself to hold the training?

 

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            All in all, the training went very smoothly and Lin is very excited to start building stoves in the community. He is a very diligent worker and has worked with Peace Corps volunteers in the past so he is familiar with doing construction projects of this sort. (This all makes my life a lot easier) We split into two groups and each built a stove over a two day period of time. At the end of each day were Q & A sessions for troubleshooting both the construction and tips for the volunteers on how to manage the projects in their sites. I think that everyone walked away from the training learning a lot. It was great to see other volunteers and meet some of their Dominican counterparts. Each volunteer was also sent home from the training with a set of ceramic parts to make a sample stove for the project. I am slated to get my full order of stove parts in January but until then, I have a sample stove I can build in the community to show off to everyone.Image

After the training, I headed to Santo Domingo to turn in grant paperwork for a future slated project.  As of right now, I will keep this project a secret. This project requires its own special blog post! That way all of my devoted readers will be kept in complete suspense! (Not really though, and that’s ok…. I think) I will say though that it is exciting, and it has a great potential to be interactive with you folks at home!

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