Category Archives: Service Projects

Reports on service projects that I have visited. These include Round Square Service projects, school run service projects and NGOs.

New adventure in South Africa

IMG_4614I am currently on a whole new adventure involving 22 students from 12 different countries. We are working on building a kitchen for the Entokozweni primary school in the Kabokweni township, just outside White River in South Africa.  We are also making major improvements to their vegetable garden and creating some educational murals. In addition we are teaching classes. It is not all work and no play.  We have been on an outing to Kruger National Park and a panaramic tour of the Mpulalangu region. Please go to this site for updates and incredible photos and videos from this amazing project:  Round Square International Service Project South Africa 2013

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Kuwinda Slum: Nairobi

IMG_1074Today I was invited to tea in the Kuwinda Slum, quite near to Brookhouse school where I am currently visiting. Faith, the librarian and teacher in charge of social services in the high school, took me to show me the container the students had purchased to be made into a children’s library for the community. The decision to purchase a container rather than construct a building is due to the real possibility that the community could one day be evicted. A library in a container is portable, should the need arise. Continue reading

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P.A.N.A.R.E

IMG_0826Doing service work at the P.A.N.A.R.E. Rehabilitation Center is not for the faint hearted. It is a center for people with special needs and not all patients are responsive. The name P.A.N.A.R.E is made up of the first two letters of each of the words: PAtronato NAcional de REhabilitacion: the full name of the center.  It was founded by Dr ­­Humberto Rojas Araya who fought to improve the quality of life for children affected by the polio epidemic in the 1950s. Continue reading

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Semillitas de Amor: Seedlings of Love

IMG_0763This week  I  had the privilege of accompanying five UWCCR students and a teacher to a service activity in San Jose.  The activity was at a house called Semillitas de Amor: Seedlings of Love. It is part of the organization: Confraternidad Carcelaria de Costa Rica, an international organization that was founded in the USA in 1976 by Charles Colson after his release from prison. Continue reading

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UWCCR students dazzle with scientific magic!

Today there was plenty of action to be seen and heard at the Escuela República de Francia in Pozos, Santa Ana.  Popping of corks shooting across the yard to loud exuberant cheers, a volcanos of hot foam, eggs magically dropping into narrow necked beakers and more.  Was this a magic show?  Well yes and no.  This was no ordinary magic show! Continue reading

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Un Cambio por la Vida en Galapagos

A Change for Life for the Galapagos

Meeting someone like Daniel Proaña restores my faith in humanity. He is an inspiration and with his vision and family support he has the potential to have a much needed impact on the next generation of Galapageans.

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Two schools on Santa Cruz: Galapagos

Runak Kunapak Yachai on Santa Cruz, Galapagos, is a school for indigenous children.  Indigenous Ecuadoreans refers to the people from the highlands on the mainland, the people of the Andes. They are considered a minority in the Galapagos.  Continue reading

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