Happy Pi Day!

True to our nerdy roots, Hans and I are celebrating Pi Day. For those of you who have happily repressed memories of high school math classes,  Pi Day celebrates the constant pi, π, which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. Since the most common approximation of pi used is 3.14, it is celebrated on March 14… which is 3/14. (Although today’s date in Bolivia is technically 14/3, my students don’t mind changing the order if they can have a party!)

I promised my precalculus students a pie-making party this Friday, since we don’t have class on Wednesdays and therefore miss the real Pi Day. Friday is the last day of the quarter and they’ve worked hard, so I felt a Pi Day celebration was deserved.

But life in Bolivia doesn’t always go as planned… and this week is no exception.

This photo was taken just outside the school gate by David Fuller, one of the teachers who lives at the school property.

Due to protests in Colcapirhua (where the school is located), school has been cancelled since Monday. The protests are over a territory dispute between Colcapirhua and Tiquipaya – apparently Tiquipaya is claiming 45 hectacres that Colcapirhua says belongs to them. Due to the recent movement to give more power to local governments, this land is important for tax purposes.

We saw on the news last night that leaders were in closed meetings to come to an agreement over the dispute, but apparently they didn’t agree since the roads are still blocked. They reported 38 block points throughout a 5 kilometer area, and people are having to walk, ride a bike, or take a motorcycle to get into Cochabamba for work and classes. Not fun in normal weather, but to top it off we heard it was raining out there this morning.

Taken by David Fuller

Please pray for:

  • Colcapirhua and Tiquipaya – that the leaders would come to an agreement soon
  • People who are having difficulties due to the extended blockades. (Usually blockades start early in the morning and end in the evening, only to start again the next day. These have been in effect around the clock, with some trucks parked in the middle of the highway since Monday.)
  • Students at CCS, who are on their second day of doing work assigned at home. This is affecting students, their parents, and the ministries of parents.

We’ll see what the rest of the week holds. Unfortunately, I’m not sure we’re going to get to that pie-making Pi Day celebration…

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