Jose Almeida is an ambitious guy, but he happens to live in the middle of a great, wide wilderness north of Zamora with not a whole lot going on. He has to make his own action.
Happily, there are caminos passing through his town, and the pilgrims and albergues and trail keep his ideas popping and his friends hopping all through the year.
Sixteen years ago, Jose and his friends opened a humble albergue in Tabara, a town north of Zamora on the Camino Sanabres branch of the Via de la Plata. Jose lives there, very simply, year round. He's gone on to open more albergues, and write books, and he edits a semi-monthly online magazine that keeps all the Spanish camino people connected-up and current. Peaceable has done some fund-raising and liaison work for a few of these projects in the past: the new Albergue de Almendra is set to open in March, with help from several Peaceable allies!
.... But whilst slinging concrete and bricks and verbs for everyone else, Jose has let a few things slip at home.
After 16 years and about 2,000 pilgrims, a third of the 14 beds at albergue de Tabara are not useable any more. The welds on the aluminum joints are worn out, re-welded, and broken apart yet again. Wobbly legs are duct-taped together. The mattresses are also 16 years old.
Jose's got some money put aside, but not nearly enough to do an entire replacement job.
If we can raise 2,000 euro, he can open this season with bright new bunkbeds and fresh mattresses! Anything we raise over that amount can go to put bedbug-proof covers on the mattresses.
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