Construction of Cabins
For the inhabitants of Longo Mai, offering lodging to tourists
is one of the few opportunities to earn money; for single mothers
in particular, building cabinas is a great financial help. One such
project was completed this year with the help of the “Zivis”
(Austrian men completing their civil service) and the construction
was funded by donations from Austria and other European countries.
By April 2004, the cabinas built next to Dona Virginia’s house
(a widow with 9 children) were ready for use and already have been
used by several tourists. This project served as a model for a new
building project at Dona Felicia’s house, this second project
being made possible by donations from Austria and Switzerland. The
role of the Zivis in Longo Mai is to administer donations, estimate
costs, buy materials, contract the personnel and be involved in
the construction of the cabinas.