Renacer Marcovia: July 4 & 5, 2000

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The road to and from Choluteca is still purgatory.  Busses pass on the main road but still do not enter the new town.

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Sewer connections in the back yards of Renacer Marcovia.  Once the system is operating, latrines will be closed.  The cows have not eaten all of the trees planted for shade.

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"Man-hole" - collector built from brick and covered with mezcla.   These are located at street intersections.


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The new school is getting its roof.


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Men to the center right are playing catch with clay tiles.


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Blow-up scan of men playing tile toss.


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The school will have 12 rooms, 6 in each section.  Restrooms between the buildings are probably tied into the new sewer system.  This is a primary school only, and the kinder will be elsewhere.  I have no doubt that there are enough children around to keep this school more than filled with 2 rooms for each grade.

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Another photo of the school.  I was waiting for some help with my equipment and had time on my hands.  Recall the words of Yogi Berra: "You can observe a lot just by watching."

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Women carrying water from an obviously polluted pool (center right of photo) for use in making mezcla for the school.


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Zoom scan of the water platoon.  The pool lies just this side of the road, below the woman in the red dress.


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Digging trenches the usual way.  Rain does soften the ground but it hasn't rained for over a week.



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Another shot of the trench.


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Sewer pipe.  PVC made in Honduras.


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CARE staff examines the ground where the biofiltro - sewage lagoon - is planned.


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I think the sewage lagoon site is too close to houses.  Some houses will have a view property with respect to the biofiltro.  I suspect they will pray for wind blowing from the northeast.


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Monument in the park.




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Plaque lists nations that cooperated in building Nenacer Marcovia.


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Pipes are in the ground for sewage; these boxes are for the drinking water system.  We are conducting a resistivity sounding here, enfrente de la casa de madera


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Making utility boxes.


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The utility box supervisor poses with my field assistant (right).  Pedro (long sleeves)  lives in another town but works here for just over $3/day.  The older fellow remembers the Toledo construction volunteers and sends his best wishes.




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Water pipe - more PVC.  CARE is doing all of the sewer, PLAN is installing the potable water system.  The well is over a kilometer away.


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The water tower is going up.


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Cows wandering through the town.  These are quality stock, not some poor campesino's herd.  Lines of stones mark off property boundaries in the back yards of homes left of center.


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Black polygon shows approximate area now built up for Renacer Marcovia.  "X" marks show GPS locations of 3 electrical resistivity soundings conducted to investigate subsurface conditions.  "F" shows planned location of the fosa - trench - planned for the biofiltro.  I think the sewage lagoon should be moved at least 200 meters further south - now, not after it becomes a serious nuisance.  The new school is going up about 150 meters east of the southernmost "X".   


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Roberto and Erica.  Roberto drove us from Tegucigalpa to the sur.  Erica is a graduate student at Tulane University, on assignment to assess the nutritional value of CARE's "food for work" program.


Other observations: many small stores (pulperías) have opened.  A pickup loaded with vegetables announced what was for sale by loudspeaker as the truck drove slowly through the town.  Water remains scarce.  There are several pilas fed by a well drilled on the floodplain (or so I gathered during discussions with CARE folks) but few taps.  Water is directed on one tap at a time and women line up with buckets for their turn.  This is what was going on with the Las Peñitas women while I visited.  Contact me if you want to chat about my visit.  

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