This summer, as has been explained in previous posts and is detailed in the Water Systems Team blog, a group of UofM engineering students and grads will be running workshops on behalf of PCER at a host of other rural schools around Pocone. One of these schools is IFMT, where the workshops will be run with primarily late teen-aged and adult students. The workshops will cover basic water sanitation information, toxins and water transmitted illnesses, the importance of water filtration and purification, and the construction and maintenance of bio-sand (slow-sand) water filters. The new private school on the Cuiaba River is another location where the workshops will take place. The team will also build another filter at PCER, revitalize an old filter there, and run workshops at an all boys Catholic boarding school dedicated to victims of violence.
The boarding school is called Nazare and is located at the beginning of the Transpantaneira highway (five kilometers from Pocone; PCER is located 105km further down the same road). The directors at Nazare have been highly receptive of our workshop proposals and hinted to us that they have instruments and are in need of a teacher. Well, PCER is now arranging also to bring down two experienced musicians to teach kids at Nazare basic violin, viola, and cello skills, along with basic music theory and musical notation.
More updates coming soon as Gregory and I continue to await the arrival of more helpers!