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July 8, 2016

Namaste from Nepal.

All the structural work on the house for our beneficiary family is complete!

Setting wood forms for second slab (roof), setting sun.

Steel reinforcement for second slab (roof).

Steel reinforcement for second slab (roof) dropped into channels.

All we have left is the finishing work, plastering, and installing the window glass and door...

June 2, 2016

Here in Nepal, the house for our beneficiary family is coming along slowly but surely.  After series of delays, we are finally making good progress.

We are building to very high international seismic standards, per the post-earthquake Nepal Building Code.  We had to submit engineered plans for the permit and are being inspected for our steel reinfor...

April 24, 2016

The project is moving forward here… but slowly.

We work seven days a week—when there are no Hindu, Newari, or Buddhist holidays, which seem to come every few days, so it is really a few days on, a day or two off.

Traditional Newari dress

Last week was a fabulous Newari holiday week called Bisket.  Like New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving combined… every d...

May 15, 2015

Maopai!

I am in Omawas, Philippines, on the east coast of the island of Samar. An area that is in the direct path of Pacific typhoons. Especially Haiyan (2013) and Ruby this past year.

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I want to update you on the good work we are doing building permanent houses for survivors, and remind you that we stay focused on areas after the world’s attention h...

July 11, 2013

I spend a lot of time in impoverished areas—ones that have also experienced disasters—so the neighborhoods where I do projects are not usually considered “pretty.”

 the view from our new rooftop

no mini-warehouse to store things

part of the old house

A traveler I met in Ethiopia once remarked, “poverty is not picturesque.”  I agree, but often the surro...

June 26, 2013

Living La Vida Loca

After two months in Peru, I think I’ve come to accept the fact that I am not just visiting to do a quick project, I am living here.  I figure, if I’m renting two apartments (the one below shares a compound with an orphanage in Urubamba) in a country for more than an entire season, and I go to the market everyday to buy food, and...

June 11, 2013

MicroAid in the Macro World

Here at MicroAid we are committed to being as environmentally conscious as possible; even on a personal level I attempt to generate zero plastic waste.  I bring my own bags to the market and do not buy water in plastic bottles.

I use a SteriPen to purify water from the local tap.  Not only does it save the environment, but...

June 9, 2013

Just rid myself of some kind of intestinal parasite after three weeks trying to use a local homeopathic remedy: eat a big handful of mint leaves upon waking up and just before going to bed.

urubamba market - my mint dealer

Ultimately, I had to resort to antibiotics, but because of my total aversion to them and my mild state of denial, I wanted to try...

June 5, 2013

The crew works six days a week, so on Sunday, Melissa, Erin, and I went to Pisac, the other quaint tourist town, after Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley.

ollantaytambo tranquilo

Terraced Inca ruins flow toward the town down the steep verdant hillside.  The wide floodplain below glitters with the snaking Vilcanota River and irrigated fields.

Pisac it...

May 22, 2013

I got to see the Torrechayoq festival in Urubamba on Sunday.

A day-long parade of dancers and musicians—dozens of crews in different amazing costumes—snaking through the town from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.

Like the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, except this one goes on all day.

A test of endurance for Jesus.

But also Quechwa cele...

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