Nine systems installed! 
 
Report submitted by Becca Renk of the Club Rotario Ciudad Sandino: 
 
We now have 9 systems at least partially installed - 7 are up and running well, two others are being brought on line this next weekend. We have had 4 trainings in the communities with the professor, setting up the systems, installing the fish, cleaning the systems and sexing fish.
 
We have some great participants, and some others that are struggling. Our high school student, Jacob, remains our most active participant – he is at every meeting, every training, always goes to other participants' houses to help them, and is continually sending videos and photos to our group chat. This week we have had some challenges because with the rains the electricity has been going out. One night a concrete electrical post was washed out in the rain and the power was out for more than 12 hours. That is a challenge to keep the fish aerated. Several participating families changed out the water for their fish to keep them healthy, at Jacob's house he and his dad poked holes in 4 gallon jugs which they dipped in the water and set on top of the tank to aerate. They took turns doing this all night!
 
The plants seem to be working well - everybody is happy with their plants, happy experimenting with them and loving how quickly things grow. The fish are more of a challenge, but they are coming along.
 
We have not been able to find more suitable candidates in the rural villages - we have some people interested that are all from the same family, and we do not want to only benefit one family. We have had other people who initially expressed interest back out, and we have had a lot of people who just aren't wanting to commit without knowing a bit more about how hard it is and how much time it takes. The most successful system we have so far remains the Cuajachillo 2 school system, which was started in our pilot project with GoCare and we have now expanded it to be twice as big. It is a great place for learning from the students and others in the community who want to see how the system works.
 
So we are shifting gears a little bit this week. We've talked with the municipal authorities, and we will be building 4 systems - two in public parks, one in the new nature reserve, and one at the municipal nursery. These systems will be maintained by municipal workers who will be trained by professor Jolvin.
 
We also have 6 families interested in systems in the urban area. These will be a more economic system that places a small plant bed directly over the fish tank, uses a smaller pump and has a smaller capacity. It can fit in an area less than 1 m x 1 m, which is the biggest limiting factor we have in the urban area - lack of space in people's yards.
 
Diana and Guillermo will also be making a trip out to Nagarote next week to see the system that Ronnie put in out there and to see whether or not there are good candidates for participants in Nagarote yet.
 
View project photos and videos here.