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Tazajeras by numbers

October 21, 2014

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So here’s a little more information about the village where we served last week. It was called Tazajeras de Vargas, which means, “steep slope,” and a steep slope it was. We were nestled among the mountains and the Range Rovers had to climb quite a few heights and curve around some sharp cliffs to get us to the heart of the village. It was only 33 miles from the Ranch, but with the unpaved and potholed roads resembling swiss cheese, it took almost two hours driving each way. We actually drove through El Rodeo, the village I served in 2011 and 2012. It was cool to see the familiar houses and schoolhouse as we drove by, but we didn’t stop by to say hello.

All the kids sitting on the floor for VBS. Somehow during the week they grew from 49 students to over 60.

All the kids sitting on the floor for VBS. Somehow during the week they grew from 49 students to over 60.

Tazajeras consists of 144 people in the village, divided into 34 families. There is one schoolhouse and three teachers who cover kindergarten through sixth grade. There are 49 students total. Here are a few of the stats on their homes…

Families with homes: 32

Houses with latrines: 24

Houses with an eco-oven: 13

Houses with a water infrastructure: 4

Houses with concrete floors: 26

Building the outhouse that connect to the latrine.

Building the outhouse that connect to the latrine.

So what was our job while we were there? Well, our job in four days was to build…

Latrines: 4

Eco-ovens: 2

Water reservoirs: 2

Houses with complete concrete floors (2-3 rooms): 4

Days of teaching VBS: 4

Completed eco-oven.

Completed eco-oven.

Did I mention that we had 11 women and 2 men on this trip? Did I mention that we finished ALL of our projects? Yeah, it was a good week.

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