Monthly Archives: January 2013

Our little laundry project had really captured attention!

Merit Award 2012 The day had finally arrived, Wednesday 30th January, the opening of the Loma Fresca Laundry Facility. The team made a final excursion bright and early to the builder’s merchants before the last day of work started. We were met there by Mario in his beaten up truck this had been the team’s […]

You cannot change the world, but you can change the world for a few!

Merit Award 2012 The 15 team members that remain fly back to Managua on Thursday before continuing the work in the mountains of Matagalpa and then in Managua itself and finally fly back to England next Tuesday (5th). India had commented to me how the time seems to have gone so quickly on this project […]

Thankfully, the storm in Nicaragua didn’t damage any of the hard work..

Merit Award Thankfully, the storm in Nicaragua didn’t damage any of the hard work although John Booth has been bitten on his foot and unfortunately it’s got infected. We didn’t let him work on Monday other than in an advisory capacity. The team were joined by another John (Robinson) who is a plumber from Ulster. […]

We were certainly ready for a well-earned supper!

Merit Award 2012 Saturday was a huge day for the project as there were critical points the team needed to have completed for the opening of the facility on Wednesday 30th so it’s all hands to the pump! A few members of the team walked into the town via the lumber yard to pay a […]

We have to be very patient working in the developing world..

Merit Award 2012 Nicaragua was hit by a tremendous storm therefore meaning we had to up the ante on site! To be on schedule we needed to have the upper ring beam cast and the floor should have been screeded by the time we finished work on Saturday. This would then allow us curing time […]

Sadly, the Mayor could not come..

Merit Award 2012 Progression seemed to lesson today as it was a very hot sticky day in Nicaragua however, essential preparation work was carried out and completed. All the timber was removed from the concrete cast yesterday and was cleaned ready to be used again – the team try and recycle things, including nails. During […]

The dental team are pulling in excess of 100 teeth per day!

Merit Award 2012 We have finally been blessed with a few hot dry days which has enabled us to crack on, although the work the team have been doing up until now has already been great! The painting team at Bluefields hospital have been working in oppressive conditions but have done a brilliant job in […]

BPEC Launch Revised Domestic Gas Safety Manual

BPEC are pleased to announce the launch of a new revised and updated Domestic Gas Safety Manual, replacing the existing manual. The new revised manual remains in A5 format and is now full colour and is now available to order at a cost of £45 per manual for all order quantities. The main update relates […]

The team are managing to keep their spirits high..

Merit Award 2012 Tuesday’s work involved finishing the block work and starting shuttering for the columns and the ring beam. While the steel was being put on top of the blocks in readiness for the next ring beam another group dug out the floor area to level. After completion the team were ready to receive […]

It appears the project is on schedule!

Merit Award 2012 There was a community meeting on Monday to discuss the laundry facility and who would be looking after it, further to this a vote was held to delegate a secretary to administer the facility. Unfortunately when I and some of team got onto site a little boy named Kevin had come off his […]

The team needed a day to recover!

Merit Award 2012 Day off. The team needed a day to recover from their aches so we took the opportunity to go on a boat ride through inland waterways to a village called Tasba Pauni – the village is sandwiched between Pearl Lagoon and the Caribbean. We took part in Sunday school and Church followed by […]

It’s always a moving experience..

Merit Award 2012 We have been working in very challenging conditions and when the load of 220 concrete blocks arrived they had to be unloaded and carried down the same 200 metre track to site. Local adults and children as young as six have been helping carry the materials by hand down the track. In the […]

The team has been working with locals..

Merit Award 2012 Over the course of 2 days our team has been working with locals to clear and set out the site, fabricate steel reinforcement cages, dig foundations and concrete the bases of 9 supporting columns in place. Rock was bought from a 76 year old lady in order to make the concrete. Training […]

Work has begun on the Loma Fresca Laundry project!

Merit Award 2012 We are firmly into the New Year and work has begun on the Loma Fresca Laundry project. John Booth (one of the recipients of the BPEC Life Award 2012) and the January 2013 team will be spending their time in Bluefields building a community laundry facility which will save the local women […]

It’s a steep learning curve..

Development Award 2012 January 2013 We are into to New Year and I have received the funding from BPEC which will aid in the development of the project. A brand new Apple MacBook Pro is enabling me to download new software and I am awaiting the arrival of additional software over the coming weeks. I […]

Gas Safe Register works with Coronation Street

Gas Safe Register has been working with the production team of popular TV soap Coronation Street, on a story-line showing the risks posed by unregistered and unqualified people working on gas appliances, and the danger from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which can result. On New Years Eve millions of Coronation Street fans saw popular character […]