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Oct 5, 2003
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

OK, this is the third time I've typed this and it serves to shorten the version each time -- I guess that's a good thing. This week was not boring like last week. I spent Monday fixing my computer and our only drill - both of which decided to crash on a day when both were needed badly. I now promise to burning a backup each week... Tuesday became the day to clear out all the papers that had been sitting on tables since February in some cases. That meant writing emails to contacts that had been buried, sorting, filing, etc. OK, Tuesday was very boring. Wednesday I was supposed to go to San Pedro Sula with our auditor, but at the last moment he bailed due to a more important commitment that came up. So instead I spent the morning terminating our Program Coordinator. Alma is a great lady with a big heart and I wish her well with whatever she pursues after December 31. Unfortunately, her skills and personality are not best suited to the type of work I need from whomever holds that position. So far I have been very impressed with how she has handled the termination and I think maybe it was on her mind as well.

The balance of Wednesday was spent on obtaining materials for construction and going to Zeus to send the emails that had been written the day before. While at the internet cafe, I met Brandon Roche, a Peace Corps volunteer in Lepaera who is excited about working with us to get a center live and kicking in that little city. It is way up a mountain about 40 minutes from Santa Rosa. Beautiful!!

Thursday morning consisted of a meeting with the director of another non-profit organization that is working in a nearby city called La Entrada on a recycling program. Mike from Peace Corps and I spent the morning with him discussing the opporunity for us to put a plastic recycling plant here in Santa Rosa and obtaining raw product from their city (among others). The meeting went very well and was concluded by another TV interview about La Roca -- what's new and what about helping out other parts of Santa Rosa. Between English classes on Thursday, I purchased a welding machine to enable us to build our roof for the warehouse and shop. Of course the welder will then go into the shop for welding classes after we're done. This welder has been made possible through the donation of the parents of one of the Peace Corps volunteers here in Santa Rosa. They had come to visit our center when in town to spend time with their son a number of monts ago.

Thursday also brought Carlos to our center from the municipality office. He had with him the contract from UNICEF to buy the materials (most of them anyways) for the basketball court. So, as soon as we're done building the shop (2 weeks more) we'll start working on the court. The picture shows the fenced area beside our building that will serve as a basketball, volleyball, mini-soccer and possibly hockey court all in one. THAT'S GOOD NEWS!! We received a donation some time ago from a family in Cochrane designated for recreation that will enable us to match the UNICEF grant and build this court.

Friday was normal with obtaining various construction materials and writing up some solicitations for participation with the health department as well as with one of the local members of congress re helping us with our Halloween party. Yes, we are going to have a Halloween party. Better the kids are in here than out there. Saturday consisted of much the same as Friday, except we were finished by 2:30pm and I was able to go to church.

Having heard about the beautiful weather in Alberta this week, I thought I'd share with you some pictures of the flowers in our back yard.

Contact me at phil@timko.ca with any questions or for further information.

Prayer requests:

Prayer for the trip to Tegucigalpa to meet with Peace Corp and our new volunteer
Meeting on Wednesday morning with the Secretary of Tourism re the Tela project
Funds to hit theTela center properly.
Mechanical health for (or the sale of) my Isuzu Rodeo
Christian volunteers to help us achieve our ultimate goal of helping to make Christ real to people we're helping.