It’s us again! In this post we will talk about our second week here in Tecpán. At the end of last week, on Thursday and Friday we started varnishing the shelves that another volunteer had put together for the houses. On Friday morning we also had a meeting with Heather, Greg and Andrea to start planning the Open House that Project Somos will be holding on June 30th.
We are both looking forward to helping with the preparation for the Open House. Our part in the day will be helping in whatever ways we are needed. Brooke will be helping Daniel with baking bread in the new pizza oven that is on the land! Both of us will be taking on the role of putting together activities for the children who attend. There is a lot more planning to do for the day and we are excited to see it all come together!
On the weekend we ventured to the Iximche Mayan Ruins which is just a ten minutes tuk-tuk ride from where we are staying. We were both overwhelmed by the history and beauty of the Ruins. This is a good preview of what we will be seeing in a couple of weeks when we go to the famous Tikal Ruins.
On Sunday morning we attended a Catholic church service followed by a procession in the streets. All of the roads were decorated with coloured sawdust in very intricate designs. In the parade that followed, everyone walked over this sawdust walkway. We were very excited to be a part of this special day.
Both Saturday and Sunday nights we went to the square in Tecpán and got a taste of traditional Guatemalan food, very tasty! We both love walking the streets with Greg and Heather because they are so well known in the community for what they are doing with Project Somos. Everyone knows “Don Gregorio” and Alicia, which are the names they go by in the community.
From Monday until today we have been working on the land doing different tasks such as: finishing the shelves, taking care of the growing potatoes, fixing the stone pathway and planting pear, apple and plum trees! As we go to bed with our dirty nails and calloused hands, we look forward to another day on the land because we know our contribution is a stepping stone in creating opportunities and a bright future for the children!
Bye for now,
Two Canadian girls in Guate
Brooke & Meggan