It has been awhile since we last checked in and much has happened. Our project for this summer came to a close with a really touching going away ceremony where Diana and I got to show off our dancing skills to the whole FIPAH community, including our other half from Otoro. I won´t go into to the somber goodbyes and the striking absence of our dear friend Francisca, whose baleada making skills (unrivaled by any) personally sustained the Yorito group for 5 weeks. We spent some time evaluating our project while lounging around which is where this post really comes to a head.
During the evaluation there were (of course) differences of opinion on a variety of small issues but one thing stood out: the team´s commitment to working towards continuing Nourish´s relationship with the wonderful people at FIPAH. All of us were continually impressed by the level of integration FIPAH has with each community in which it works and the excellent work guided by consideration of all possibilities to help better those communities. At the moment we are preparing a report that will go over what we did this summer and some ways to continue our work which we hope to have posted on the blog by the end of the month. Until the fall we will continue discussing the direction of this partnership before presenting it to the UNC International Projects Committee. Regardless of what happens, we will continually remember the people of Yorito and Otoro and the invaluable things we have learned by living and working with them. Such things do not escape you. For example, on a bus in Guatemala yesterday I couldn´t help kicking my foot back a bit and mouthing the words to “Mi Vecinita”, one of my famed dance numbers courtesy of Rio Arriba. I´m finding it hard to wrap anything so special up so I´ll leave it at this – ¡Que le vaya bien!