Here is a quick round-up for today…
Alpha 1 - have conquered Volcan Turrialba and are no back down to the more reasonable altitude of 700m. They have a few days of walking through villages and plains before their next section of jungle and mountain.
Alpha 2 - have finally had some sun, so their feet and clothes are drying out nicely. They spent last night in Tejona, joined by the Bravo 1 food drop team. Bravo 1 have collected a blog and photos from them and should be able to upload it tonight... watch this space...
Alpha 3 - are digging away at the top of Costa Rica´s highest mountain
Alpha 4 - see the blog two below by James Holland
Now onto our Nicaraguan groups, Alpha 5 and Alpha 6. As you know, both groups deployed late due to severe weather conditions in Nicaragua. They are safe and well and are by well looked after by our projects partners. Alpha 6 are living and working in the village of El Cebollal in the Miraflor Nature Reserve of Nicaragua, while Alpha 5 are currently residing in the ´albergue´ (hostel) in Achuapa until the community of San Nicolas are ready to receive them. The last week has been very difficult for our project partners and the locals who they work with. Although the weather is now stable, the heavy rains last week destroyed bridges, homes and buildings; many of the villagers fled to the closest towns (or in the case of Miraflor the many other community centres that Raleigh have built in the past) until the rains stopped. The worst news is that an estimated 90% of their crops have been destroyed due to the fields being flooded. This is obviously catastrophic news for them so our thoughts go out to all of the farmers and their families across Achuapa, Miraflor and the rest of Nicaragua. We are currently in discussions about how we can support them further. At the moment both Alphas 5 & 6 are working hard on the relief efforts to dig trenches in order to help drain the flooded areas as well as repair roads so that full vehicle access is possible. As it stands the majority of main roads are open but some of the smaller roads need work. We´d like to guarantee you that your loved ones are safe and we are constantly keeping our eye on the weather. Neither of the groups are working in areas that would be likely to flood or be affected by landslides. We´ll continue to update your regularly. Bravo 1 is right in this moment crossing the border to Nicaragua and will be visiting our groups over the next few days. We will have some words and images from the Nica groups in about five days.
Just a quick message about blog comments... the groups will all receive their message when the vehicle comes to visit their project either once or twice per phase. Any not received will be handed out when they return from their project at changeover. This is a one-way service... you will not receive any mesage from the groups until they have internet or phone access during changeover (in two weeks time). Thanks!