The remaining work will be done within the next month; we have been promised photos from Tito's sister (Livia,
After talking extensively with two of the three major players in the office of the Secretary of Education, I was thoroughly reassured that I would not be needed again until January. I will therefore return in January to finish up the million little things, forgettable details, and to make sure the building is in working condition before the modified school year begins at the start of the dry season in late April. There is one major budget matriculation that I will miss in October, which involves calculating how much money will be needed for the bus and diesel. The map we made and the census we've done should be sufficiently detailed for this mission. Nothing will be done with the education levels of the students and arranging the teacher until I get back in January. The reassurance offered involved the 'simplicity' of the process as a whole -- because our school is a sala anexa (a kind of satellite campus of a school already in existence in Pocone), we are guaranteed a teacher and materials which are at the ready in Pocone.
With this said, we have appointed Tito and Fabricio, my two closest friends there, with the task of keeping an eye on everything and making sure things continue to get done without gringos there to yell commands. Additionally, I have obtained the elusive email address of the Pocone office of the Secretary of Education, and have arranged biweekly communications with them for status updates.
It was an amazing summer, folks... Stressful at times, yes, but many of our near-impossible goals were accomplished. The blog will be diminished in frequency from here on out, but we will post updates as we receive them for those who are interested. As a final note, we appreciate greatly all who have kept up on our exploits and all who have contributed in one way or another to the project. We thank U of M and our community for their guidance and generous support that made this project possible. Of course, as it is a continuing project and there was little time dedicated to the field station this year, we are hoping to receive more donations to fund that other important part of the project for next year.
Signing off, for now... Until the next update. Please keep your eye out every couple of weeks.