Yesterday was our second Aid and Development day, but this time we got to speak with members of two organizations, Global Brigades and ERSLA (Emergency Response Service for Latin America). We met our speakers at a cafe across the street from our hostel and listened to them tell us about what it has been like working in Nicaragua. One of the speakers, Rodney, who had founded his organization ERSLA, explained to us his definition of Aid and Development. To him there is a huge difference between the two, and it can be shown through a well known quote. “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.”
We often think it okay to send food and clothes to countries who have recently had a natural disaster, but what happens when we stop sending them those supplies? Its great to get them back on their feet, but we have to teach them how to continue on after the help has left. If we never teach them to continue supporting themselves what we gave them will eventually diminish. This was Rodney’s definition of Aid, giving but never showing how to help themselves. When we teach those who need our help, skills to help themselves after organizations have left, they can continue on prospering.
After our speakers left we had our last English class, and it was less English class and more of a FIESTA! We brought snacks, gave certificates and said our goodbyes to the students. Even though we were sad to see our students go we were glad to have taught them all. Right after our English class we all went to a Nicaraguan dance class. We all tried our best, but some of us are rhythmically challenged. We all had tons of fun!
Hey mom, love you!