Some 3 years ago a squatter was trying to do something with the water connection in our block. It is unclear what exactly was his idea and nobody knows what happened. Squatters do not really boast long memory or situation awareness. Enough to say that the popular knowledge is the guy either broke the valve or punctured the water pipe.
As the water erupted, his best idea was to pour enough concrete on it to stop the leak. And then some dirt&gravel. And then some more concrete. Out of sight, out of mind as they say.
Now, I do not really know if anything of that really worked. But when we arrived here 5 months ago, the leak was happily seeping through the whole sarcophagus, growing every week. And it was already considered long-term problem. Continue reading Operation Big Leak. Day #1→
Life goes on, over all tragedies, big and small. Immediately after my return from the UK (you will read more about that visit outcome, but later) we resumed hands-on work in Prosfygika. Winter is coming, water is leaking, new flats are being opened & cleande and — on top of that — we had a brief hail storm, dropping ice pebbles through glassless windows into our apartments…
Days are getting shorter, winter creeps slowly closer and closer and we will certainly have a lot of use for our power tools. It boils down to one word: electricity!
So, last night, our able electrician, B., came in to check the installation and deal with the nasty looking worms nest of burned cables sticking out of the wall in the main room. Continue reading Light in the night…→
We got our first assignment in Prosfygika. Three members of LTG moved into a flat, being a challenge of itself. No hot water, malfunctioning toilet, practically no bathroom. Half of electric installation burned and dead. No door lock, more than half of the windows without glass or missing altogether. As for the winter preparation, we have a lot of fresh air and that’s it. Continue reading First steps in Prosfygika→
Thanks to our British friends (and Benedictine monks from London) today we were able to buy first HandyPack set (officially: #0). We will use it for demonstration purposes, to show communities what’s inside and to encourage more donors. Please help us buy first ten of them, dropping your share at https://www.gofundme.com/handypersonpacks
Thanks to the growing support we receive, we can start helping more communities in Athens. Instead of single “tool library” (this concept doesn’t really work in squatting environment) we decided to introduce HandyPack — a toolbox full of goodies, which we provide to every willing community. It is a package deal, though: we promise to refill the materials, fix or replace broken tools and help local handy(wo)men if the problem is too big for them. In return we expect proper care and use of tools, credits to LTG for support and working contact with skilled members of the community — for our long term projects. See the full conditions of cooperation here.