Firstly, we would like to give a huge shout out to Ang’s family for being the most frequent commenters; it makes for interesting nightly meetings. And now, what you’ve all been waiting for, the results of our CAP project.
We started out our day with a 6:30 wake up call, which believe it or not, felt like sleeping in. Shortly afterwards, a group of Glimpsers went to the comedor to pick up breakfast and lunch, which allowed us to eat on the road and get straight to work. Upon arrival, the “inside” and “outside” groups split up immediately, wasting no time. Just to give perspective, inside we started with two white walls and a single circle sketched, and on the outside we had two holes, angled posts, and the base coat on what was to be the sign. With that said, we successfully completed both murals, the sign, and the t-shirts with time to spare. Everyone did their part, and it was by far the most communicative day yet. In previous days, everything seemed to go wrong, but today, the whole group seemed to run like a well oiled machine.
After all the hard work was finished, we gathered as a group to celebrate the accomplishment! Juan Carlos, the founder of the organization, thanked us once we presented him with the t-shirts. From the start we felt he was a very passionate and captivating speaker, but today there was a bit more emotion behind his words. We later found out that he had been trying to get the murals painted for the past four years, but faced rejection time and time again. This, we feel, made the project itself more meaningful as a whole, strengthening the bond within our small community that we’ve created here in Jinotega. As a final thank you and goodbye, the youth and Juan Carlos sang us a song in Spanish that didn’t need translation to warm our hearts or understand its message. With heavy hearts and a sense of accomplishment we boarded the bus to return back to Hotel Kiuras, feeling as though our small Jinotegano family had grown today.
Hi! This is Siggi speaking alone now to reflect personally about the day we had. I still can hardly believe we managed to finish all 4 projects in essentially 6 hours… it’s something short of a miracle. Walking into the building and seeing only white walls and a circle was probably one of the most overwhelming feelings I’ve had in a long time, if ever. I cannot fully articulate how proud I am of the inside group for coming together and getting the work done in a timely manner. Everything about today, to me, embodied teamwork, communication, and efficiency, which were lacking at times in previous days. Every single person put their blood, sweat, and occasionally tears into this project, which, as you can see, paid off. I am more than lucky to call the Glimpsers from Jinotega 1A not only friends, but also family.
Sophia here! Despite all of the problems we faced up to this point, I am extremely happy with the final product. To be honest, I was skeptical that we could complete all of the components of the CAP today. However, everyone worked together and communicated effectively to get the job done. I am so proud of each and every member of this group for their contribution and perseverance. I know that we have created something that will be appreciated for years to come and will allow part of us to live in Jinotega even once we leave.
We will leave you with the words of the wise Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up.” And with that we say goodbye to another day here in beautiful Jinotega.
Siggi and Sophia