This year there was not enough time to do any projects in Brazil, but instead some I did some experiments in Berlin.
Solar cooker works well in direct sunlight. Made a tasty rice on the first go.
From October to December Markus
Oiyakaha is collaborating with Sohei Iwata from Apam Napat to develop a
biological water purification module in Santiniketan, West Bengal,
India. The biological water purification method utilized is a system
devised by Dr. Nakamoto from Japan. It is capable of purifying water
contaminated with substances like fluoride, arsenic, iron and harmful
Developing our all made of clay water purification system. Consulting a pottery master and searching for a site to set up our module.
Korna ethnic minority at Kamalapanta pur village, Samaido.
Start building of the water purification plant with help of the Korna people.
Markus and Colm doing a wish tree performance together at the Green World Art Festival at Bhubaneswar, India.
Visiting a bio-gas plant in Benurya, West Bengal, India.
This year we harvested new fruits like Biriba and Ingá. At times there was too much banana too.
Shingo making fresh Açai juice. So delicious!
Two different types of solar dehydrators. And our roof with solar panel and trying to make andiroba oil in a pot... but it didn't work.
Mulching really worked! See the difference between the two pictures, one with mulch the other with mulch. Also, taking pictures of volunteers taking pictures of tarantulas.
Our new and shiny compost toilet using a thin plate concrete technique.
Field trip to a experimental plantation of Artemisia Annua from the Empraba organisation. Artemisia Annua is a medicinal herb which is used to prevend and cure Malaria. Participation at a project to build a dry toilet with adobe walls at the Rio Unini organized by the local NGO Fundação Victoria Amazonica.
The new adobe grill!
This year we had the first harvest of Pineapple, Papaya, Cassava, Sweet potato, Okra and Ingá-Cipo.
A weekend visit by friends, a new wall-painting and lots of fun in the stream.
Solar energy, running water and a new water tower.
Currently we are preparing for the next projects at Oiyakaha and are doing research on:
This spring was full with construction activities. Iwan and me enlarged the hut, made walls, a basic kitchen, stairs and even got running water from a fountain thanks to engineering enthusiasm by Maiká. There was lots of hard work by Iwan who stayed six weeks and had to sweat dragging wooden poles and sawing hardwood. I had an exhausting time too making wooden shingles, but it was worth the trouble, since we have a rainproof roof now. Unfortunately we couldn't get so far to build a compost toilet nor a water wheel, but hopefully it is going to be realized next year.
All included in our jungle experience were some casual visits by scorpions or tarantulas, flybys by macaws and toucans or early morning roars by howler monkeys, not to mention countless ants and thirsty horsefly's. Luckily there was time to plant some new trees too. Have a look an the plant section to see some photos of our current plantations on Oiyakaha.
During spring 2007, one wooden house of 6 x 4m has been build out of "dead" wood (wood from trees which have died naturally or from trees which have been cut down by someone and and left aside). Furthermore one hectare that had been cut down by the former owner several years ago has been reforested with the following plants:
Abiu, Abiurana, Açaí de Touceira, Açaí Solitario, Andiroba, Avocado, Bacaba, Banana-pacovão, Banana-maçã, Banana-prata, Biribá, Brazil nut, Buriti, Green Coconut, Yellow Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, Cacaurana, Cupuaçu, Cupuí, Guaraná, Jambo, Louro Tauba, Lime, Mango, Marí, Maçaranduba, Orange, Papaya, Patauá, Black Pepper, Pineapple, Piquiá, Pupunha, Sapota, Sorva, Tucumã, Tangerine, Taperebá, Uxí