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  • Kenya 2014 – First Week « Greenheart Voyagers
    for planting once term resumes and staff are available for maintenance Several large water tanks plenty of water for cooking and watering the plants An boys and girls orphanage still to be completed the walls and roof are on and lots of construction forthcoming in the next weeks We spent the week making improvements to the site including cleaning up the buildings and organising the materials We laid rocks to mark the garden areas and paths carried out some maintenance on the eco loo repaired the fencing around the classrooms dug a few swales to retain the water when it rains made some improvements to the kitchen and cleaned up the area of plastic and litter It s thanks to the tremendous support of CCI Greenheart in Chicago that we are able to do our work here in Kenya and also that the orphange has sufficient funding to be able to be completed We ll keep you posted of the details as progress takes place Here are the photos from the first week s action in Kimuka Orphanage building in construction View More View of the pre unit classrooms View More Cleaning up the storage room View More Stacking the wood View More All done View More Collecting materials from the primary school View More Looking cleaner now View More A view of the kitchen at the pre school View More Jambo people View More Working on the eco toilet View More Looking good View More The eco toilet from the front View More General view of Kimuka pre unit installations View More A visit to Lillian s house View More A visit to Lillian s house View More A visit to Lillian s house View More A visit to Lillian s house View More Heading back to Kimuka View More Orphanage building in construction The walls and roof are in much work will take place over the next weeks to complete the orphange View More View of the pre unit classrooms Kids are on holiday so it s very quiet View More Cleaning up the storage room Mariano and Mike get to work with the help of Sarah View More Stacking the wood We ll reuse the salvaged materials for new installations like shelves and fencing View More All done Everything s organised now View More Collecting materials from the primary school The original plant nursery had some wood to be rescued View More Looking cleaner now The area is left free of any nails metals or wood View More A view of the kitchen at the pre school The Maasai mamas cook here for the kids View More Jambo people Mariano Claudia and our superstar girls who are helping with the work View More Working on the eco toilet Mariano clears a path and make channels for the rain water so as not to block access to the doors View More Looking good The loo is ready for use again View More The eco toilet from the front

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  • Kenya 2014 – We’re Back! « Greenheart Voyagers
    2010 February 2010 January 2010 November 2009 October 2009 A sample text widget Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium Nunc ut tristique massa Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan Morbi orci magna tincidunt vitae molestie nec molestie at mi Nulla nulla lorem suscipit in posuere in interdum non magna Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Kenya 2014 We re Back Fabulous news dear readers thanks to the amazing financial support from Laura and Emanuel of CCI Greenheart in Chicago your favourite Greenheart Voyagers are once again in Kenya This time the green team consists of Claudia Mariano and Mike who ve joined up with the Jambo Volunteers super stars to continue working on projects in the mighty Maasailand Over the next four weeks we ll be blogging our progress here with photos videos and a lot of greenheart energy positive vibrations Stay tuned for the first report in the next days once we ve got settled in Big love to you all for now November 14th 2014 Category Greenheart People Jambo Volunteers Kenya Comments are closed Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Kenya 2014 We re Back Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia The Altiplano of Granada Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia From Coast to Mountains Moments in Time 2013 Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia Mexico Greenheart shines again Cancun revisited 2012 Mexico for the fabulous five Kenya The Final Weeks 2011 Kenya Working in Kimuka and some fun Kenya Video Clips

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  • Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia: Final Week in Caveland « Greenheart Voyagers
    Huéscar Around the towns I was impressed by immense open spaces and the number of almond trees growing here a true hardy survivor with the winter chill and winds Blue agave cactus varieties survive but aloe vera s are indoors if you can find them Huéscar street market is an excellent place for fruit n veggies shopping and you can get local honey at great prices Everyone on the market was very chatty and friendly and it was good to support local food producers A review from my Host Appreciation is everything Here is the review Alain wrote on the HelpX net work exchange website His words not mine Mike was my first HelpX experience for three weeks And I hit the Jackpot I would call him Super Mike He works amazing good He didn t complain ever see works get it done Collecting Rocks hide water and waste piping Works in sun snow and hail and lovely with the dogs Making tea on a Rocket stove Get me turned over to Veggie cooking He makes wonderfully dishes He has a good background on Eco living off grid good chat and good life experiences If you want to use all his good services treat him well with food and wine He s worth it Onward to Murcia After just over three weeks at Alain s I departed my fine host and hounds and got an Alsa bus to the city of Murcia Here I had by chance found a nice looking hostel certainly with the right name La Casa Verde The Green House or La Casa Verde of Murcia is a great hostel bar art space tucked away from the sounds of traffic overlooking the river and huertos farms with oranges and lemons galore and is run by friendly folk

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  • Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia: The Altiplano of Granada « Greenheart Voyagers
    bands and general small town folk having a ball to welcome me in Here cave houses are common and once you re out of the town they are very much a feature of the desert like landscape with its dried out valleys and flat topped hills dotted with esparto grasses and other hardy vegetation No wonder its close to the area where Spaghetti Westerns were filmed back in the 60 s The modernisation of towns is thankfully slow and many inhabitants are at or rapidly heading for retirement age the youth having given up on finding any work here instead chancing their luck in the cities What will happen in twenty years when the oldies disappear Perhaps the intrepid foreigners will take over There s certainly an air of curiosity and much friendliness towards the outsiders something that s becoming rarer in Spanish towns these days Having had introductory chats a tasty veggie dinner and generous amounts of vino with Alain my first morning was to awake to a surprisingly snowy Sunday Nevertheless by the afternoon much had melted and we jumped in the Dacia Duster 4 4 to drive slide out along slippery clay back roads to the wilderness where the big cave project is located some 15km from Orce town and 7km from anything human The property here consists of a total of 18 hectares with a main flat top hill steppe or cerro cave house recently further excavated and expanded on the original small dwelling which dates back 200 years from its first inception and latter use as a refuge for flocks of sheep Fresh water comes from a perforation that Alain had the local water company bore for and solar power and a wind mill will soon provide off grid power In other words the project is in its early days We re joined during the working week 8 30am to 6pm eeek by Orce plasterers Antonio and José who are working at breathtaking speed on the renovation inside the cave I got to work on a variety of outdoor tasks with the ever energetic Alain including moving rocks to make way for top access to the property path making on the lower access burying and covering up the water pipes and electricity cable rustic step making and large amounts of shovelling and ferrying out rock from inside the cave as the floor drilling continues The altitude and wind here suck the life from you but the view makes it worthwhile Fun stuff other than local village fiestas included experimenting with a makeshift rocket stove put together using builders cinder blocks for making tea at the big cave walking hanging out with the two hounds Nooks and Tía cooking up a number of veggie delights at the town cave house and meeting friendly locals at the town intercambio held in the pub This is the life It s hard work but wonderfully satisfying And a jolly good work out for the body or should that be

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  • Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia: From Coast to Mountains « Greenheart Voyagers
    to Málaga in the sunny south of Spain I sourced my first project which needed assistance by using the HelpX net work exchange website I spent one night in Málaga at the chilled Casa Al Sur Terraza hostel which I liked for its location friendly staff and self catering facilities I boarded an Alsa bus the next day and arrived a few hours later at the quaint coastal village of La Mamola east of Motril and HelpX host Brenda s home Work at this place included clearing the land of garden waste and rubbish generally getting the property looking neat and tidy for forthcoming holiday rentals when the season kicks off It was fairly hard graft as the garden was on a number of steep terraces and there was a lot of palm tree cuttings and trash to get rid of however a week s work saw it all done My host Brenda kindly cooked me some tasty meals and provided everything I needed for a most comfortable stay in her guest apartment with fabulous views of the sea sunset and moonrise Outside of working hours I hit the coastal trail for a hike in the hills dismayed by the destruction of this area by the myriad polytunnels and their plastic littering an otherwise beautiful section of coastline After the costa tropical work had finished it was time for a complete change in scene and three Alsa buses took me La Mamola Almeria Guadix Cúllar de Baza and up to the Altiplano of Granada the historic area of Europe s first settlements plus the land of cave houses together with a massive temperature drop at 11oom above sea level More news in the next report Well done you for reading to the end of this one and special thanks to

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  • Moments in Time 2013 « Greenheart Voyagers
    eye and a wag of its tail Greenheart Mike spent the time in Ibiza like the lucky sod that he is So here to remind us of them heady days is a little showcase of just a few moments in time dos mil trece Roll on 14 we re waving you onto life s stage and await your thrills with our green hearts a glowing December 31st 2013 Category Greenheart People Ibiza Wwoofing Comments are closed Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia The Altiplano of Granada Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia From Coast to Mountains Moments in Time 2013 Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia Mexico Greenheart shines again Cancun revisited 2012 Mexico for the fabulous five Kenya The Final Weeks 2011 Kenya Working in Kimuka and some fun Kenya Video Clips Yes Kenya Kenya the kids take over Kenya Week Five Kenya Week Four Kenya Week Three Kenya

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  • Leesa’s update from Mexico « Greenheart Voyagers
    food and traditional medicines Their pride in their culture and connectedness with their earth is diminishing What s more these communities lack fair opportunities for education and access to information and it s so troublesome to see how most of the people in these communities have become vulnerably wrapped in the modern monetary system Many survive only on an allowance from the government or find themselves living in poverty Whilst others grow basic crops using harsh chemicals or unsustainable practices It s no surprise that the result of all of these factors are increasingly unhealthy communities from so many aspects However the beautiful part of this story is that they have the resources they need to change this They have fertile soil water fresh air biodiversity and warmth They have the economy of life They walk on their opportunity everyday The problem is that they lack the empowerment and education to understand how to use it effectively To add to this situation those in the developed world who have dollar signs in their eyes do see this resource and they have decided they want to take it for themselves at at alarming pace Foreigners are buying land at unjustly cheap prices taking advantage of the vulnerability of those in the region They then grow unsustainable crops that destroy the natural resources in the region insulting the locals by offering work for a measly pittance The locals accept this kind of treatment because they do not feel they have other alternatives to sustain themselves They need support They need to know they have other opportunities Together with a team of people I am now working to support these communities with some other opportunities We are designing a set of equitable agricultural systems with the international organic principals We as a team approach the communities who would like support offering a set of sustainable agricultural systems we source the economic support needed to the system operating in their commumity we empower the producers by linking them in networks of cooperatives and we provide the education and support needed to facilitate the process At the moment we are setting up projects in 28 communities in a region called Salto de Agua with over 2 500 people My role more specifically is in developing an organic producion system using the principles of organic production and permaculture of fruits vegetables and traditional medicinal plants The main focus for this project is also to support women who suffer from great inequality in many communities In the process we provide education about the importance of the parts of an organic and ecological system compost biodiveristy seed saving etc and also very importantly encourage the use of the products with lessons in preparing healthy meals and how to use the natural medicines So the end objective is to develop a healthy community with a diverse range of chemical free products and furthermore to support the people with products for selling or trading in order to bolster the local

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  • Photo action from January in Bolivia « Greenheart Voyagers
    May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 November 2009 October 2009 A sample text widget Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium Nunc ut tristique massa Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan Morbi orci magna tincidunt vitae molestie nec molestie at mi Nulla nulla lorem suscipit in posuere in interdum non magna Leesa s update from Mexico Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Photo action from January in Bolivia Here below we have a little photo slideshow showing some of the green goings on that Mariano and Mike were up to in Samaipata Bolivia in January 2013 So where are the Greenheart Adventurers now Karen and Mike are now back in Europe and will soon head for Ibiza Leesa remains in Mexico and will tell us her stories in the next post Lilly is on her way to Costa Rica and Mariano continues for the time being in South America Updates from the team will be coming soon January 31st 2013 Category Bolivia Ecological place Greenheart People Comments are closed Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Kenya 2014 We re Back Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia The Altiplano of Granada Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia From Coast to Mountains Moments in Time 2013 Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia Mexico Greenheart shines again Cancun revisited 2012 Mexico for the fabulous five Kenya The Final Weeks 2011 Kenya Working in Kimuka and some fun Kenya Video Clips Yes Kenya Kenya the kids

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