Archive for November, 2009


75 and Counting

November 27, 2009

I got a chance to go to another library book sale today. Consequently, the Library Mission now has 75 books. (I have no idea how many we are getting from Club Leo yet.) I added them on LibraryThing , so check it out. By the way, I spent a grand total of $4 for these. Not bad at all!


Club Leo

November 17, 2009

I have some exciting news! The Library Mission is having its first organized fundraiser of sorts, that is, we are going to be doing this thing called Club Leo. Flyers have been handed out to a small group of people from my youth group for this first time, and the deadline is December 11th. Unfortunately, those of you who do not know me personally cannot participate in this as of now.

Club Leo works like this: a person looks at the catalog and places an order for a book that will be given to the Library Mission. He or she then writes a check to Club Leo or gives cash to Autumn, the kindergarten teacher who is running this for me, and she then writes the check for that person. However, I cannot in good conscience let anyone to mail a check–and especially not cash. When next year comes round and my youth group starts planning the trip I will return to Nicaragua on, there will certainly be something that everyone can be involved in. Until then, visit the Amazon Wish List, look for Spanish books at resale shops and library book sales, and spread the word!


Where is La Chureca?

November 15, 2009

Edit December 27th: I found a good visual of La Chureca’s location.

You can enlarge the image below by clicking it. As you can see, La Chureca is located directly north of a body of water named Laguna Acahualinca. According to what I’ve read, Acahualinca apprears to be the name of a district in Managua. Click here to view the lake area in Google Maps.

The main points in the bottom left-hand side are translated approximately below:

1. La Chureca has existed for more than forty years.

2. Daily, more than 200,000 metric tons (~220,000 US tons) of trash arrive at the dump.

3. 120 families living in La Chureca are the primary beneficiaries. Although, in general, the number of beneficiaries totals 18,000.

4. 1,500 to 2,000 workers take charge of separating still-recyclable material that is discarded by Managua.

(Image source)

I figured some of  you may be wondering about the specific location, so I have attempted to find a decent image. Here’s what I came up with:

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Click the image to go the site I got this picture from

The following quote is taken from the site where I found the image:

“The main municipal domestic and industrial waste disposal site in Managua, La Chureca, which covers an area of 7 km2, is located directly on the south shore of [Lake Managua]. Approximately 1,000 persons work regularly at the waste disposal site, collecting recyclable waste for selling. More than 50% of those workers are children < 18 years of age. A thick cloud of smoke covers the area as the waste is burned to retrieve iron and other materials. Electronic waste is rarely found at the dump site. The waste is not compressed, the sunlight is intense, and a constant breeze from the lake sweeps the area. Thus, substantial amounts of airborne dust are generated.”

Here you can better see the location of Lake Managua within Nicaragua:


Pochocuape is another place I have mentioned. It is a rural community in Managua. Here’s a video–not taken by anyone I know personally–of  Pochocuape.

I recognize some of the kids in the video, actually. =] And when I was there, that warehouse was filled with food. The picture I showed of those boxes in one of the first posts was taken there. For more detailed information of Pochocuape’s location, read this blog post.


Amazon Wish List

November 7, 2009

Hello! It’s been a while, but I’ve been working on stuff. First, thank you to all of you who have clicked this link somewhere and have taken the time to read this. A huge thank you to everyone who has visited more than one time! (Have you told a friend about the Library Mission today?) =]

I’ve been scouring the web for a few things. My “free Spanish books” googling didn’t turn up much except online books and pdf documents, but those may be of much use in the future. (Maybe we’ll print some?) The other thing I was searching for were some lists of award winning books written in Spanish. I came across a couple good sites with the help of my sister and started creating an Amazon Wish List with our findings. Comment below and let me know what you think.

One more thing: clear contact paper. I need some. Since I plan to send some books down there in a matter of months I really need to start getting together everything that is needed to cover them–and actually cover a few so I know how hard it will be, if it actually works, how much contact paper I’ll need, and how long it’s going to take to cover all of them… etc. Woohoo!