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San Felipe Lachillo -- An Exciting Village
« on: May 05, 2010, 02:25:44 PM »
Great progress is being made in the village of San Felipe Lachillo, about 3 1/2 hrs. northeast of Huatulco in southern Oaxaca. Not long ago a caravan of two jeeps headed up the mountains to deliver raw boards and posts to be made into bookshelves by a local carpenter for the new library.



Upon our arrival, we had help from the villagers in unloading the building material that was latched to one of the jeeps.



Later, the Joe Wilkes, agent of the expats Oaxaca Lending Library in Oaxaca City, showed the villages leaders samples of the quality new books that would soon be placed in the library for the 400+ children of the village of San Felipe. 



Note the young lady in the red blouse in the above photo.  She is from Mexico City and lives in San Felipe Lachillo and is well educated.  She will be teaching local people to operate the library properly, according to their local guidelines.  I should mention that the library is owned and operated locally by the community.

The last photo is of the inside of the library before it is sealed, painted, and divided by a center wall.  Once the bookshelves are installed, the books will be delivered, probably in the middle of May. 



If YOU would like to "retrace our steps" in establishing the library, you can watch the whole journey by going to YOUTUBE at --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qetfsQlZ1M

More about this project will be posted in a couple of weeks, after the books have been delivered.  Additional books will also be installed in the library over the next three years because of continued support from library supporters in Oaxaca City and WI, USA.

While this post is about the new children's library that has been established in the community, a dental clinic, a sewing "school," agricultural training, and manufacturing of "tourist crafts" has also be initiated in the community in recent months.
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Re: San Felipe Lachillo -- Location Above Huatulco
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010, 02:10:35 PM »
Someone asked, "Where is San Felipe Lachillo?" One heads west out of the Huatulco area and turns right on the road before the airport and heads towards San Miguel Del Puerto.  When you reach San Miguel Del Puerto, you are about halfway there and must head straight up the mountains.  But, you get to make a "pit stop" at a trout farming spot with a waterfall nest to it and compost toilets available.  Here is a map that gets you to San Miguel, but it doesn't show San Felipe Lachillo.

I mentioned that other work is also being done in the village.  Here is the website of the Mexican/American website of the foundation that is also involved in helping the village with self-sustaining activities and dental servives.
http://bacaandafoundation.org/home
My wife is a dental health professional and we hope she can work in the new clinic at San Felipe Lachillo next winter.  Here is a photo of their new clinic which was very recently opened.  Here are a couple of photos.



In a couple of weeks, I should have photos of the books being delivered to the new library building.  The leaders of the village have been very "progressive" to permit such "projects" by outsiders in recent years.
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