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The end is just the beginning | Nourish International

June 27, 2010 | Posted in 2010, Ecuador, UC-Davis | By

**Note: The little boy in my first blog’s name is Andres. The new Shakira song confused me during the weekend**

Fresh fish. Cervasa. Rice and fries. The teary-eyed conversation with the school principle. A kiss on the cheek from 3-year-old Andres. Our final day at the project was a special one, as the parents of the children treated us to an amazing meal at a rural outdoor reception oasis 30 minutes from the school by foot. We spent the day hanging out with the children that we have grown so close with over the past two weeks, fishing for our meals, falling down the slide, and of course, playing futbol.

Before I knew it, we were at the end of our stay and had to say our final goodbyes. It was difficult to accept that these were the last minutes that I would see Jessica, Michael, Alex, Andres, and the rest of the children. The truth is, they have given me more than I was able to given them, being able to witness first-hand the pure joy and curiosity that filled their days, no matter what complications life had provided them.

The gratitude that these families showed us will stick with me as I move forward. They understood the opportunities that will arise from this project. The true beauty of the situation is that while the greenhouse was built in the elementary school, the entire community felt a part of the process and their appreciation proved that a tremendous amount of effort will go into ensuring the full realization of the greenhouse’s potential. In the end, the lesson that stands out most clearly for me is that so long as we work together, there’s no problem we as a world can’t overcome.

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