January 2011

The start of a new year!

We had some new volunteers start here – Sergio and Mariana from Argentina, Raphael from Sao Paulo and Chris (Cariocan/Americano). Just as the new courses for the year were about to get underway the huge catastrophe of the flooding/landslides in the local area happened. We helped out in the town clearing the houses of mud and assisting where we could, a huge task with seemingly no end. And then back to making some adobes at the end of all that. A shocking start to the new year for the many people who lost everything and so many that now have no house to return to. We are working with the prefeitura to develop local sustainable solutions within the community and also a van that will go around Bom Jardim house to house and assist with manual labour and structural solutions.

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