Yesterday we picked up the baby fruit trees we had ordered. We headed to the local nursery where owners, Rosemary and Alejandro had our waiting trees. We loaded up the pear, lime, orange, fig, avocado, elderberry and apple trees into the back of the truck. Rosemary and Alejandro followed us to Chivarabal to have their first visit on the land. After we did the tour, they headed back to Tecpán and we unloaded the trees.
As we unloaded and watered the beautiful little trees, I thought about their upcoming life here in the Children’s Village. These trees will know every child that comes to live and grow up in the Village. Long after Greg and I have gone, these trees will watch children arrive, grow up and then leave the Children’s Village. The children will walk under the trees, they’ll climb in their branches and they’ll pick and eat their fruit. The trees will provide healthy nourishment, shade and hiding places for the kids.
The first trees should start to bear fruit in two years. I am so excited to watch them grow and produce! It’s a first for me and I can hardly wait! Thanks to all who helped make this possible!