Strangely, it is the strong scent of the laundry detergent drifting from the tiny corner stores that reminds me that I am back in Central America! Greg and I are just back from nine days in Guatemala. We were joined by board member, Lloyd Bernhardt and his family and two donors that are very interested in Project Somos. Our days were packed full of meetings, visits to the land we found last year and lengthy discussions over coffees and delicious meals in the very touristy town of Antigua.
It felt amazing to be back. When we left last May, I did not expect that it would be more than a year before I returned. Greg and Lloyd were there in February but I stayed home in Canada on that visit.
Our amazing partner, Corrina Grace of Project Seres has spent the better part of this past year on the ground in Guatemala continuing her work on educating at-risk communities on sustainable practices. Being reunited with her was food for my soul. With every day, I am more grateful for this synergistic partnership we have formed with her.
We arrived on June 28th, just a few short weeks after Tropical Storm Agatha had hit and wreaked its havoc on the country. Many people have been displaced due to floods and landslides. The country’s infrastructure is not great and it can take ages to restore order.
Still in the rainy season, we planned our days around sunny/cloudy humid mornings and the chance of rain (downpours) in the afternoons. Our first visit to the land was on our first day back in Guatemala, which happened to be the rainiest day of our visit. We had a blast traipsing through mud puddles, soaked to the bone and exploring this amazing oasis of land. We were reminded yet again, what a perfect property this would be for the home of the Project Somos Children’s Village.
Stay tuned for more reflections on our visit, some amazing photos taken by Kim Schacte and some exciting news!