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An update on our crowdfunding project

So the Crowdfunding Project is running.. and it’s running not that bad :) We thought it’s time to share some of the progress that has been going on at ‘La Casita Del Chato’.
Till the day of, May 14th 2013, € 680 have been raised thanks to 21 generous donators!! Many many thanks to these people – this really means a lot to us!

As you people can guess renovations here at the house are up and running. So we wanted to share some pics of what we’ve been doing so far and also wanted to share some of the info in explanation so you can get a better picture of the progress here in Cusco.

➢ We managed to repaint the facades of the small patio in beautiful red and crème color.

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➢ A great German couple helped us for an entire week to paint all doors of the house that belong to the hostel in matching colors.

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➢ We installed a new gas shower and it works perfectly!! Also we built a second shower – which currently is still provisional, but it’s a start!

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➢ We have 2 new rooms!!!
The first one was pretty much ready, only Jacob and Conny gave it some new color and it was ready to put up some beds.
The second one was a little more work. One of our neighbors moved out and offered us her room. But as Peruvians simply use whatever they can find to build up a wall, we had to tear it down and built up a new one. Chris and Max, one of our volunteers took that opportunity to wire the new room as well as the room that is located right next door. And of course everything already got beautiful new color!

➢ We got 5 new German-quality wooden bunk beds – thanks to 2 amazing carpenters who built them up with great force! Of course these new beds already have super-comfy new mattresses and blankets.

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➢ There used to be a Reggae bar right next door to our juice bar, which has been shut down recently & now we are working on renovating this newly gained space. The plan is to build 2 private rooms, a big common area for the people from the hostel, and a private bathroom for the new rooms. This of course means a loooot of painting, plastering, constructing new walls, wiring, etc. etc.

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Of course the work is looong not done - there is much more to do! The upcoming renovations will mainly take place in the newly gained space next to the juice bar. Furthermore, we are planning on extending the platform behind the juice bar so we can also welcome guests outside (the days are getting sunnier :) ) and we also want to take that opportunity to move the steps to the first patio and rebuild them in order to make them more safe. Also we already bought a whole bunch of leds and motion sensors in order to lighten up the patios at night. And one of the biggest upcoming investments will be a washing machine – as we wrote in our last blog entry, Lisbet, our cleaning lady, washes EVERYTHING (!!!!) by hand with cold water. And everything means up to 20 bed sheets per day!

But everything poco a poco! We have a lot of plans, but also know that one can’t to everything at once. We’re working everyday on improving the house, which is only possible thanks to the people who have donated already and thanks to our wonderful volunteers who are very hard working (as you can see in the pictures).
We also made a small nice video showing a bit about the progress - have a look:

We hope that our first update gives an insight of what we’re using the raised money for and maybe also motivates some new investors/donators to help us keep up the work and follow our dream of making this house as comfortable as possible.
So of course we would also like to ask you all to spread the word about our project and share it with your friends, family, be-loved ones, or simply people you know who have too much money and don’t know what to do with it :)

We’ll keep you posted!!
Chris & Conny

Posted by ccontheroad 20:09

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