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Uganda: Posho Mill Go!

July 7th was a momentous day for St. Denis as it moved forward with her biggest business yet! Land for the upcoming St. Denis Posho Mill was purchased!

Posho, a stiff corn meal type cake, is a staple food here in Uganda. St. Denis was lucky enough to find and purchase prime property in the village that will gaurantee fantastic visibility for the business and will be sure to provide the Makondo community a much needed service.

Kenya: The Time of Reckoning

June in these parts of Africa marks the end of rainy season and the start of the all important harvest. The fruits of five months hard work in the fields come to bear at this all important crossroad in the fortune of the village.

Uganda: The Start of Somethings New...

June was a busy and exciting month here at St. Denis. With the businesses continuing and progressing well, the students back in classes, and the coffee harvest upon us, there has been much to work on and report.

DIY!

1st June 2010- When all else fails, do it yourself.

Starting to build...

11 May 2010- Concrete progress is often hard to come by in the Chaco, but I am happy to report that we have finally begun to build!  The first half of the composting beds is being finished by the third year students, which not only means that we may soon be able to start producing "lombricompost", but also means that they are gaining another useful skill. The second set of beds is also under construction, and one wall has been completed.  The worms have been delivered and are getting used to their new environment, so in a few months we will be ready to harvest the organic fertilizer.

The students are coming!

Sunday, 25 April 2010-After the last, slightly less than optimistic post, I am delighted to be able to say that we have managed to increase student numbers! 4 new additions to the first year, and 4 of the third year students are now regular(ish) attendees, which is helping to give more life to the school. Classes are being given, and the year plan is beginning to advance.

The first year students are currently tending to the vegetable production in the school, and the onion sprouts are growing well, now nearly 15 cm high.
 

My first month in Bolivia

Tuesday, 6 April 2010- I can hardly believe that an entire month has passed already since I first came to the project in Tarairi, the first project officer for a fledgling project. Quite a change from London to the Bolivian Chaco, and not just in terms of temperature!During my first introduction to the school on a hot and dusty Sunday afternoon I was shown the two dairy cows (Mamila and Cleo) and their year old calves, the semi constructed chicken coop, the silos where corn was being stored until the market price would rise, the three functioning beehives which have yet to be harvested, and the 15 beehives which still need to be placed and have their queens installed.

May..

May has been a month of extremes in Ondati. While we have made some determined progress on the school businesses, factors outside our control have caused some severe disturbances to the project.

A lot of progress and a little Good Bye...

Saturday, March 20, 2010- Another month of great progress here at St. Denis. The construction work at the school is finished and our four businesses are ready for some serious profit:

The cow shelter has a concrete floor which will make sure our cows will stay dry during the coming rainy season. Also, there now is a fence which will hopefully stop our cows wandering off into places like the computer room again (see December Blog).

Happy New Year…

Saturday, February 13, 2010- The New Year 2010 started off well for the self sufficiency project at St. Denis as we received a substantial amount of funding! Funds will be used for our existing dairy and matooke business as well as help to establish two new projects - a school supplies shop and canteen as well as a posho mill. Truly a great start to the New Year!

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