Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week 3: The Final Act

The third week of our stay at ECHO brings us to the end of our project. Painting of the dormitories and housing continues, the nursery work is completed and the main project is to renovate the mail room. The renovation included adding a wall to divide the area, new cabinets, new counter tops, closing one door and making another door, and changing the reception counter. I was assigned to install the new wall and to close the one door. "Appropriate Technologies" department. I will get the opportunity to explore some little techniques that can be used by small scale farmers to make life a little easier for the farmers. Little things like how to make a simple methane unit so even farms with just 2 cows can produce gas to cook with or light their home with. How about using an empty clear 2 liter soda or water bottle to improve the lighting in the living quarters. The pulverized leaves of a plant that will remove the sediment water and then a way to use ultraviolet light to kill the bacteria in the water. The rest of the week should be interesting.

Monday evening all of the group gathered at our campsite for Wisconsin Cheese and Brats. Everyone brought a dish and fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all. Meredith Tarbell will celebrate her 74th birthday on Wednesday so this provided us with an opportunity to celebrate her birthday.

  Fellowship and fun are a very important part of NOMADS. The hard work is made easier by the friendship and knowing that someone will benefit greatly from the tasks we do!

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