One of our homework assignments this weekend is to gather materials to use in our garden next week! Here are some pictures of us digging for tierra negra underneath the ash pile while my host family looks on!! Have I mentioned that there is another Joan?? She is the one in the white shirt in the picture above. I have never met another Joan my age, it is awesome. We are in the same sector (Community Environmental Conservation) and in the same Spanish class (I go by Rose and she goes by Joanie).
Next week we start work on the garden, as I mentioned. This past week we learned how to build an incinerator with a metal tank/drum, concrete blocks, and re-bar. A lot of communities here burn their trash, so the incinerator is a way of burning trash that reduces the smoke inhaled and provides a space to do it. We also learned how to make concrete blocks with batteries inside to serve as battery deposits so that the juices do not seep down into the earth.