Project: Piso de Esperanza
School: Escuela Esperanza
Sponsors: Tica Massage, 1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, Eduardo Arrieta, Jarvimar, five generous guests staying at Casa Radl
Completion Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Project Specs: Two-thirds of large gymnasium floor in Esperanza school broken, with exposed rebar, left unfinished when funds ran out on resurfacing project.
To Do: Purchase concrete sacks, strong wire mesh, stones and sand materials for construction. Coordinate with Eduardo Arrieta to find volunteer labor to complete floor.
It was a labor of love, bringing the floor to the Esperanza school. Eduardo Arrieta headed the project; from the estimation of the required materials, to negotiating prices on concrete and stones, to laying the floor- assisting and overseeing all volunteer labor, Eduardo lead the team. The coordinated effort took three months to plan, two weeks to prepare, and one day to pour the concrete. A small corner area remains unfinished- we ran out of stone and sand. Eight concrete sacks remain, and will sufficiently complete the final corner and smooth the surface to cover the rough floor which stands. We hope to find the required stone and sand by donation and completely finish the floor in the next two weeks.
The following wishlist would ice the cake:
1 Basketball Net
Painted lines for Basketball Court
1 Volleyball and Net
If you are have any of these items at your disposal, please email us!
Directora Alicia, and the rest of the Esperanza School are extremely excited about their new floor, and look forward for having this area for the 112 elementary school children- not only as a sports and physical education area (it is the only large area covered from the elements in the town)- but also as an area where the entire school can gather for civic acts and traditional presentations.
Special Thanks to Eduardo Arrieta, who generously donating his time in the planning and oversight of the resurfacing project, to Tica Massage for donating $600 in funds for concrete mix and wire mesh, to the five anonymous guests staying at Casa Radl who stepped in at the last minute to provide $500 for stones and sand for the concrete, to Freddy at Jarvimar for donating labor and the large cement mixer to facilitate the project, to Alex of the Junta Educativa Esperanza, for finding parent volunteers, for his labor in the construction, and for opening the school for us! Thank you also to Alfonso Prado for following up on the project and providing us photos along the way.