Friday, July 8, 2016

Before / After

For our February campaña we needed a space larger than 
Clinica Veterinaria Laika or Consultoiro Santo Angel.
Eusebio Leal, Historiador de la Ciudad de La Habana, 
designated this building to be our "ad hoc" clinic.
We are very thankful for the support of Sr.Leal and the Oficina del Historiador Ciudad de La Habana (OHCH).

Casa Calderón is located Habana Vieja (Old Havana).
In it's century and a half of existence it has been repurposed many time.
I first visited here over ten years ago when it was known as the Casa de Tejedoras.
A cooperative of knitters and needle artists.
In it's next incarnation the casa, and adjacent park, is to be a boutique hotel.

Between our initial inspection late in 2015 ....
... and February 2016
 Sr.Leal saw to it that some improvements were put in place.
A big thank you to those structures under the OHCH that turned Casa Calderón into our home for World Spay Day Week.
·      UPI Grupo Avenida del Puerto
·      Servicios Generales OHC
·      Gestión Cultural OHC

 They made sure that the interior ...
... exterior ...
... and street were looking their best for this historic week.
They even brought in some heavy equipment to get the job done.
Years of building relationships, trust, respect and true collaboration have brought us to this point. 
Ahead of this, Cuba's first, World Spay Day an organizing committee was put in place in Havana.
The meetings were held at the Society for Heritage, Community and the Environment (SPCMA).
Headed by Aldo Vega Calderín -Especialista Cooperación Internacional (SPCMA) the Spanky Project brought together over thirteen Cuban groups, organizations and structures. 
Spay/Neuter of pets
Rabies Vaccinations
and more would round out our week.
With all the beautifying going on I had to get a little work done on myself.
Walking by my barbershop in Habana Vieja my guy Gerrardo was nowhere to be seen.
Gerrardo has retired and Josefina has taken over.
With her direction we did track down my old friend.
Hey who's that....