Scout Council Meeting

Hello again,

It’s still Robin, the rest of the team will be arriving in Bluefields in two days! I wanted to update the blog on our recent composting news and plans for the next three weeks, before the project really begins in full. Emma and I have been busy trying to put together a schedule of what the group will be doing each day.

On Thursday evening I meet with the Scout Council of Bluefields to discuss our project and our potential partnership with the Scouts. With a short powerpoint presentation I presented the two main goals of our JPC project:

1. To find the best composting “recipe” and method to compost in Bluefields and,

2. To implement a door-to-door household education campaign to promote composting in homes.

The scouts were definitely interested in working with us and are going to be important partners as we try to achieve these goals. I am attaching the powerpoint presentation I gave to give you a better idea of what our project looks like and our potential timeline.

When the whole team arrives we will all meet with the Scout Council before we begin our work so everyone gets to know each other.

Adios from Bluefields, Robin

Scouts Meeting

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First to Arrive!

Hello avid readers!

I’m Robin Kendall, a rising fourth year student, and the first JPC Composting team member to arrive in Bluefields. I’m here before the rest of the team to study the impact of microfinance on women and their families in the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) of Nicaragua.

I arrived exhausted after leaving home at 2:30am and flying from Washington DC to Bluefields in one day (with various layovers and plane switches along the way).  But, I am now happily recovered from my journey and ready to get started!!

Bluefields has changed a lot since I first visited in January 2008, and even since my last visit in Summer 2009.  There are new stores, restaurants, and pulperías throughout the main streets.  Namely, the city’s first grocery store has arrived with exciting foods to look at and try.  I’m sure there are many more changes within Bluefields besides the physical changes, but those will take longer to discover.

Last night, our friend and graduate mentor Emma Mitchell and I met with a Boy Scout friend of ours in Bluefields.  We discussed the possibility of our JPC team partnering with the scouts to conduct  our household composting project.  He was extremely kind and has arranged for the scout council of Bluefields to discuss the proposal at their next meeting.

There will definitely be more updates to come as we get closer to July 24th!

I’ll keep you posted. Best,


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