Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
RECENTLY, TGS RECEIVED AN UPDATE from Me to We Ecuador program manager Iain Duncan regarding the projects started this December. It’s a pleasure to stay connected with these partnerships created across the world.
I’m happy to hear that the students of THINK Global are still thinking about their time in Ecuador. The community of San Miguel is doing well and is planning the next major phase of construction in March. For now, they have planted an ornamental garden alongside the mural that THINK Global painted and the area leading up to the new bathrooms now looks spectacular. They also finished all of the stone accents along the newest classroom and the bathrooms as well and have installed a playground with swings, slides and other fun stuff.
The two-story block for which TGS dug the foundations has not yet been completed. The plinths have been dug, which will support the columns of the building, and the foundation is ready to pour. Given that they community needs to make 10,000 adobe bricks before raising the walls, they will not be pouring the foundations until a donor group arrives in March to join the community in Minga. At that point we’ll see quite a bit of progress on the classrooms and I’ll be sure to send along some pictures for you to show the group.
Riobamba is still the same temperature as always – it never really changes here – but it’s kind of perfect, and not nearly as cold as Totorillas, thank goodness! I am, however, jealous of your new semester’s location. I hope you’re enjoying it for all that it’s worth.
With best wishes,