Friday. Always a difficult day on this trip as the realization that this is the last time you will be in the village (perhaps forever, but hopefully until next year) starts to settle in. However, it is also an exciting day as it the key celebration and perhaps more importantly candy pinanta destroying day which is a huge hit for the children and adults alike.
As many as you know there has been a sewing center established in San Vicente by Carie (a Calgarian who lives in San Vicente with her husband and 4 children) where the ladies craft beautiful quilts from recycled blue jeans. I have a quilt from our last trip down here for our bed which I LOVE and have purchased another one this trip for the trailer. It is a great business. Like everything this trip, I am hoping to have a more detailed post about the great work they are doing later, once I can formulate a coherent thought.
I spent the morning at Carie and Stu’s home to take pictures of some of their quilts for the website that is being developed for the sewing center. Photography is difficult here for me as the sun is always very bright and the shadows created are hard to avoid but I was able to find one little section of the numerous rows of clothing lines to hang the quilts with little to no shadows. I am very hopeful these pictures will be helpful as it is so important to get the word out about the work these ladies are doing as it is allowing them to learn how a business is run, develop a usable technical skill and perhaps most importantly gain confidence in themselves.
Stu and Carie have numerous projects on the go and others being lined up and others that are in the dream pipeline that may or may not make it into reality. However, one of underlying patters to all of their intitiaves is to empower the local community and not tell them what “needs to be done” but rather walk alonf aside them and be the cheerleaders. There is positive change happening, slowly, but nevertheless lives are being changed for the better.
after the quilts had their time in the spotlight, a quick lunch at Pollo Campera (think KFC, icky but a trip tradition) it was off to the key ceremony.
this is a time where all 16 families will receive their keys and a housewarming gift.
and then after all 16 are presented it is the time we all wait for!
the goodies have been collected…
Meyli, a little girl from the 4th house our team built and she always had every hair neatly in place and a clean shirt(which is not always common in this area)everytime I saw her except all bets are off when candy is up for grabs…
my name is dee-ann…
a continual work in progress. mom. wife. photographer. believer. dreamer. storyteller.
oh yeah, I also like chocolate and bacon (but not together).
my one little word for 2014 is “action”
it is actually two little words as I that's just the rebel I have become...
and remembering that...
learning is action.
reading is action.
action without thinking (and thinking about what you are drawing on to think about your thinking) is potentially dangerous.
inspiring others through your own wise action is helpful.
sometimes the wise action is not to physically act but rather take mental action first.
words are empty without corresponding wise action.
this year I am focusing on what it will take to ensure that my action is wise more times than not?
and further to question why does it matter?
Why does being concerned about wise action matter to me individually but also, to use last years word, when we zoom out collectively what are the consequences of unwise action?
you know, nothing to complex, just a little light thinking this year!