Sabana Grande, part 1
After we were in Leon for three and a half weeks we went up to Sabana Grande, a small community in the north of Nicaragua (south of Honduras and near Ocotal) to do volunteer work with Grupo Fenix (a group that does work on solar and renewable energy and also works with the Energy University in Managua. If you want to find out more you can go to www.GrupoFenix.org). There is a group of women called Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa (Solar Women of Totogalpa and their web-site is www.MujeresSolares.org that work in Sabana Grande on solar and renewable energy also.
|The path up to our house,|
its the one on the right!
|Oso and I in the doorway|
The family we were living with was Yelba, Jorge, the dad, Scarleth, Enyel (pronounced like Angel), the 7-year-old son, and Oso, the tiny 2-month-old dog that was sooo cute. They were all very warm and welcoming to us.
Our house had 5 rooms including 3 bedrooms, a common room (that served as the dining room, the living room, and just a general sitting area), and a kitchen. There was a table, chairs and a T.V. in the common room.
|The kitchen counter|
The efficient stove
In the kitchen there was an efficient stove that one of the earlier volunteers had designed. It had a chimney so the smoke would go outside instead of staying in the kitchen and then into the lungs of the people making them sick. It also saved fire wood because the opening was smaller. There was only 3 of these stoves in the community and we were happy to live with one instead of having all of the smoke in our house.
|The shower house and the|
|The latrine and a raised garden bed|
|One of the community wells|
|the walk to the Solar Center from our house|
|sometimes we would draw together|