I know people have been concerned about me given the political situation that is going on here but most of you know by now that everything is fine and tranquil in my little town. Honestly, if you came to El Negrito, one wouldn’t even know that there was any “crisis” going on in other parts of the country. Other than that, I can’t really comment on what is going on, at least not on my public blog. Just know that I am safe and that as of now, PC has no plans of evacuating us, which is a good thing. I would be absolutely devastated if I had to leave here.
So…the feria has come and gone, which is partially the reason for my lack of updating. Also, the fact that we’ve been Internet-less at WorldVision for the past week which is very inconvenient. I’ve been completely spoiled these past 8 months by having wireless at the office, the thought of trekking to the Internet café was just too much to bare…but I finally caved.
As always, I enjoyed myself to the fullest during the fair…the HIV committee put together an awesome float for the parade [much better than last year’s] and I got to ride on top of the tractor that was pulling said float. There was lots of dancing, riding the ferris wheel, eating greasy food, and generally way too much fun, which is exactly how things should be during the feria. I hosted a couple of bbq’s at my house which resulted in more eating and dancing and overall great company. The other volunteers in Yoro came on Saturday and it was great to see all of them.
Not to say that I haven’t been working, because I have. We finished up the Olla Comun project in 4 of the 6 communities and it has been a success in all of them. The mothers have really enjoyed learning the new recipes and cooking together and all the children have gained weight during the process. I am hoping that the continued visits and monitoring will keep them motivated. I am working with other groups of families in various aldeas giving nutrition workshops that are 2 days in length. The first day we cover topics such as hygiene, balanced diet, and vitamins. The second day is hands on and we cook 3 different nutritious meals. I recently compiled a booklet full of recipes that we have been using in the Olla Comun project and Doris is looking into getting it bound. :) I still have my youth group that I work with which is always motivating and fun.
Emelina and I are talking about going to Guatemala in August which I am looking forward to. I haven’t been anywhere since Shawn and I went to Ceiba in May! I have to keep reminding myself that I only have 9 months left here because otherwise I will keep putting trips like this off.