JANUARY 27, 2012

I am very excited to announce that Turning Around America is going to Guatemala February 2nd for two weeks. Jenn and I have been invited to the village of San Juan Bautista to teach the village members how to use Power and hand tools. The project was conceived by Mathew Creelman, a Bostonian who moved to Guatemala 30 years ago, his sister Leah let him know about our project. Matt is trying to create a sustainable communities project without the help of major funding organizations, which he thinks corrupts the process of true village independence. The village we are going to inherited a house and a small wood workshop from an American who had been living in the village. The only power we will have is a 6500-watt generator. The goal is to go for two weeks and teach as much as we can about basic carpentry with the goal of the villagers learning enough to be safe with tools and spruce up the house in preparation for it to become a bed and breakfast they can rent out, starting an income stream for the community. If the village has continued interest we will come back for a longer period of time to teach woodworking off the grid. Our job would be to help the village develop a product or products in wood that could be marketed, and draw more interest to the Band B. This is just the kind of project Jenn and I envisioned when we created Turning Around America, empowering people by teaching basic hand skills which our slowly ebbing out of modern culture. Please check the web sight at www.turningaroundamerica.com to keep track of our adventures, Jenn will update with pictures when we have access to the Internet. If you get a chance also check out my new web site at www.bethireland.net



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2 Responses to JANUARY 27, 2012

  1. Diane Thayer says:

    Hi Jill,
    My first of many questions: Will you and Jenn pack up the van and head to Guatemala?

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