Yesterday was quite an eventful day in the centro down here in the valley! It had been decided that our community center was in desperate need of a) a good scrubbing and b) a serious makeover. We invited friends of the community center to participate in our first big "minga" of this year. A minga in Ecuador is basically a giant cleaning party where all of your friends come and help you clean your house, or in this case your biblio. We were so pleased at the turn out and couldn't believe how enthusiastic the community was to help us improve our shared space. There is still much work to be done, however. Here are some pictures of the progress we've made. Once the final touches are put on, more pictures of our new and improved community center will follow. A huge thanks to everyone who came out to help!
Jim attempting to...change a light bulb? Maybe?
Profe Tay Tay knows her way around a broom.
MPIE: helping communities help us help them.
CAUTION: Men at work.