As most of you who are reading this already know, I live in the jungle in Panama with an indigenous community called the Embera. We have been trying to implement new ideas and projects to try and improve the quality of life and business in the village along with furthering education opportunities among the youth.
Our current project(among others) that we're focusing on is the construction of a fish tank to grow Tilapia. The main source of income among the people is through tourism, and part of the package is us feeding the guest fresh fried Tilapia and Patacones. This is where the tank comes in. We get up to 140 tourist a day during the high season which is a lot of people to feed. There are not enough adults living in the village to both fish for the food we give tourist as well as keep food in their own homes for their families. In turn we often buy the Tilapia from the fishermen on the lake, causing profits to decrease since the money is taken out of the tourism payment.
After a training course where a guest PCV came to teach the community how to build and maintain a fish tank, myself along with the rest of the village came together to implement what we see as a very beneficial project. After digging the 3 tanks to appropriately breed, grow and maintain mature Tilapia, we assessed that the project could be drastically improved if we were to add a few advancements. This includes a pump that requires no motor or gas to pump water from the river to the flow into the tanks, extra tubing to attach to the pump along with a few "llaves" to open and close the water spouts connecting the 3 tanks.
We´re in the process of covering the cost and installing all of the advancements, and I'll update everyone with a post once this is complete and we have little fishies growing.
Thanks everyone for reading!
The group almost done digging!
The chief pick axing away. The back of his shirt says "life is not a spectator sport." awesome.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Diego, Zuleica, Lucho and myself holding the floor down.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Now for more on Panamanian fun. The newest hippest style shirt to wear these days in Panama is the extreme graphic tee. The formula for a good graphic tee is Human Skull + Angel Wings + Obscure Words in English. My latest fave? It included the required skull and angel wings, but the words were what really moved me. It went like this, sorta like a grocery list:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Bad news, my external hard drive and my camera memory card have a virus. No new pictures for a while, even though I have some good ones if I can salvage the infected files.
Good news? My mom comes today! Also, pumpkin pie and turkey in 2 weeks!
And for all those who are big time Diablo Rojo fans like myself, here's what it said on the rearview mirror of my bus this morning:
"You sleep with him, but you dream about me."
More bloggin' to come at a later date.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Well, my old camera kicked the bucket, so I got a new one yesterday. I'm real excited, and that's all I'm gonna say. Also, the other night I was roaming around near my house and I heard the sound of a dear little frog. I'm not entirely sure what class of frog it is, but it's green and layed eggs in a little pool next to my pad. Then I proceeded to take them in as my own personal pets and have been monitering their safety for over a week now. One way I've possible ensured their survival(or made them weaker, who knows), is I've been adding water to their pool. It hasn't rained in over a week(I mean, I live in the middle of the rain forest in the damn rainy season, where is all this rain I was promised??), so their pool keeps becoming this sad little mud spot on the ground. So I grab my 5 gallon bucket and add around 12 gallons of water to their little ecosystem. Good fun really, don't tell mother nature.
The style of hammock I so desire to obtain(but are not made here).
The kids. (By the way that is a cacao fruit in the water there. You know, where chocolate comes from.)
Friday, September 17, 2010
So the first photo is just a pretty picture of the sun coming up during the boat ride. The second photo contains excactly what every person between the ages of 3-11, as well as perhaps most rural Peace Corps Volunteers dream about: a suspended toilet. That's right, it's almost like doing your #1 business on a swing. Also, I dare any of you guys to guess which bucket holds my linens and which contains my #2 business.