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Bolivia: The Class of 2011

The end of 2011, brings with it the end of another school year and the graduation of five of CEAA’s students. Ernesto, Fabian, Carlos, José and Zenón have spent the last three years learning how to look after cows, when to harvest honey, what diseases a citrus tree may develop and most importantly, that everything starts with a business plan.

Bolivia: A Day in the Life of a CEAA student.

We had a very exciting few days last week as a wave of potential new students arrived at the school to take part in ‘taster days’. We invited teenagers from Tarairi and the surrounding communities to visit us and experience a few hours in the life of a CEAA student. This gave us the chance to show off what a great place the school is, the skills our students can learn and to encourage attendance for 2012. 

Bolivia: La Gran Feria de Negocios - Market Day at CEAA.

On Sunday 30th October, the school opened its doors to the people of Tarairi and other nearby communities for the second annual ‘Feria de Negocios’. This was an opportunity to show off the school, the products it produces and the achievements of the pupils. It was also a chance to eat some excellent food, listen to some great music and share experiences with fellow producers.

BOLIVIA: How Not to Milk a Cow

Thursday 13th October 2011

My first week in Bolivia has been a whirlwind of activity and new faces, human and animal. Now, as I settle in to the vida tranquilla and slowly begin to find the heat slightly more bearable, I thought an update was in order.

Two new arrivals and some hail

So you thought that it did not get cold in southern Bolivia! Well, our thermometer proves you wrong, as does the hail that nearly broke the sheet on top of our greenhouse in July! A lack of heating and a broken shower led to us spending much of the middle two weeks of July hiding in our kitchen, wrapped in blankets and huddled round the stove. Or a fire outdoors.

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.

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