Archive for July, 2010

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Impending Departure

July 23, 2010

Today was Salt’s final Nicaragua meeting in its entirety. Several other Salt students are leaving for Nicaragua in the wee hours of Sunday morning with Light Company. The rest of them will join us August 1. All of the books will be going with Salt’s trip. Please pray that the luggage they are traveling in doesn’t get lost or damaged.

You can see what’s going on by following this blog: http://gcmissions.wordpress.com/

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Recent Additions

July 7, 2010

There is this incredible place called SCARCE, and this is their mission:

“SCARCE is dedicated to educating students, teachers, residents, businesses, and the general public to conserve natural resources and energy, prevent pollution, reduce waste, recycle, and compost organic materials, so that together we can make a difference; we can protect the environment and work toward a sustainable future for our community.”

What does this mean for us? It means that because The Library Mission is supporting a school, I was able to get good secondhand Spanish school books–many of which are for native Spanish speakers. My sister went the first time (because she’s going to be teaching Middle Schoolers in the fall) and brought back these.

Here’s how they stack up next to my cat:

Yesterday I went for the first time. In addition to books I got two gallon bags of unbroken crayons and some flash cards. (The packaging is in English, but numbers are universal!)

I also got several “super crayons.” SCARCE makes these by melting down all the broken crayons they receive.

I think the kids will like them…

The kittens sure do!

And here’s a look at the 20-something books.

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Updates

July 7, 2010

I’ll be leaving for Nicaragua in 18 days–the 25th. Here a some things that have changed: I’m nixing the book laminate and instead going for the significantly cheaper rolls of clear packing tape. This can be used to repair and reinforce pages as well as bindings, and it can be used for a myriad of other things.
Though Marcia’s been looking for cabinets, we really haven’t been able to find what we were looking for in Nicaragua. At this point we are strongly considering giving Maria money to build/purchase something she considers suitable. Another option is large Rubbermaid bins like so:

Regarding the encyclopedia set we’ve run into a problem not knowing the age group. We have conflicting ranges of 3-6 and 4-10. There are some good sets, but they might not be of use to certain age groups. I’ll keep working on this, and we probably won’t get a set until after this trip. I’ll know a lot more of what the school’s like now and what it may be like later once I return. Also, the book evaluations haven’t gone as planned. I lost touch with the volunteers, and have decided to sort the books into “uncertain” and “okay” piles. Pretty much all the kids books should be fine, but the longer ones or those theological in nature I’ll mark in some way so Maria can get someone to go through them.