Blog: Stories from Nicaragua

Bodega expansion, community inputs

By Casey Callais 26/08/2016 — Our little Jicarito project has outgrown its bodega. This week we worked on two things: expanding the bodega to accommodate the needs of the next stage of the project and bricking up the top side of the latrine.

We would have moved faster but the SOL family was struck by the sudden death of Dimas’ father. The Managua office packed up their things and paid their respects in the village where Dimas is from. But everything is back on schedule and we also implemented a new idea to help entice community people to come help build their school. We are now offering lunch to workers.

This came about after a conversation with community members who said that they would love to help but often they haven’t eaten breakfast and many times don’t eat lunch, either. The community has offered to help with the resources needed to provide lunches. Knowing that much of their time is spent working the field so they can literally put food on the table, offering lunch to workers on the job site is an incentive that we hope will help stimulate community participation without having to break from our model of volunteer community labor.

Check out these photos of the expanded bodega and the bricked up latrine pit.

new addition to bodega

latrine pit

We will be posting regular updates about the project as construction continues. In the meantime we are offering an amazing deal for people who are interested in this project. Donate to help buy whiteboards, desks, computers, etc. and receive Knitknot’s architectural plans, Precision Structural Engineering’s structural design (compliant with the 2012 International Building Code), Seeds of Learning’s complete construction report AND a 2-hour phone call with the Seeds of Learning team. This is ideal for anyone who is interested in building their own superadobe project and the money goes to cover school supplies and resources. Donate

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