Archive for September, 2013

Peru House Project – Completed – September 1, 2013

Jon Ross on Sep 10th 2013

 

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The MicroAid house for the Ormachea-Hermoza family is done!  And I am back from four months in Peru.

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It was a big project for us, and a life-changing event for them.

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As you know, the family lost their adobe home in the floods of 2010, and had been living in a shack ever since.

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There will be 12 people living in the new house—it has 5 rooms and is 1,400 square feet, with a second-floor foundation, and will withstand any future floods or earthquakes.
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Dozens and dozens in the extended family will benefit from this home.  And our worked helped the community by employing people and injecting much-need cash into the local economy.
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While I was in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley building the house, I posted many pictures to the blog—as well as a profile of the family—and smaller details of working in the southern hemisphere winter at 12,000 feet.  (see posts below)
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The family was very aware that there is a group of donors that made our assistance possible. They often asked to see pictures of everyone.
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Next time, I will bring pictures of the donors to show them.
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A special thanks to our interpreter Erin O’Rourke for her tireless dedication to the project.  Her presence on the site every day was essential to its success.
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I trust you enjoyed the updates I sent out during my four months in the Peruvian Andes.
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Things may be quiet for a while as I prep the next disaster recovery project—and raise the money.
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I hope you are happy, healthy, and secure.
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Thank you for all the support and good wishes.
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Sincerely,
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Jon Ross
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Behind the scenes – MicroAid support team

Jon Ross on Sep 9th 2013

 

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As you know, I oversee MicroAid projects in the field and I hire local people, to help the economy in addition to the beneficiary family, but there are many people at home who support MicroAid in direct and indirect ways (in addition to our generous donors, of course)—sometimes just by making my life easier.  Here, I want to mention a few of them.

Annika Kispersky-Morris takes care of my mail, banking, and cars while I am away for so long.   It’s always fun to get an email from her that includes a picture of a donation check to MicroAid!

Rosemary Clubb handles all the details of subletting my apartment, and makes sure that I have a clean and tidy sanctuary when I return.  The huge relief that I feel knowing that I will come back to my living space the way I left it is immeasurable.

Peter Brill is my go-to guy for construction advice.  His vast experience, owning a major construction company, Sarcon in New Mexico, has been invaluable when I need to know about anything from concrete to rebar.

Dr. Sam Tucker and Kathy Curtis, Ph.D. help keep me healthy in the field by giving me good advice about avoiding infections, diseases, and parasites, and even better advice about how to get rid of these things if I get them.  We vanquished Giardia lambia on this trip!

Chelsey Marsing and Melissa Burns have interned in the MicroAid office (my dining room table) over the years.  Both have researched projects, travel details, and grants, and are always helpful when I need something while I’m in the field.

Tracy Hopcus is our website designer.  She responds promptly, efficiently, and creatively to changes I need made to the main site.  (inklingstudio.net)

 

And of course, my friends and family who stay in touch over the months, and the distance, to offer words of support and encouragement and love.

Thank you all.

Jon

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