“¡Si se puede!” -Matagalpa 2A
Today was our last Saturday in Nicaragua and also the beginning of our Community Action Project aka CAP. After an energizer, we headed off to Los Pipitos, the location of our project, via public transportation. Los Pipitos is a center for children with disabilities. Our goal is to renovate the center to have a more colorful and fun environment, focusing on the psychology and main room. The day began with a slow start and we encountered many challenges. Initially, everything was a bit unorganized. People were unsure of their roles and responsibilities in the execution of our project. Also, materials and supplies required took long to arrive. However, it took time for sunlight to shine through the clouds and cracks. Progress was made and we were working our hardest. All of us showcased our skills and talents in painting the walls and drawing the murals.
Even though many of us were tired, we managed to pull through and work together. First, we all cleaned up and organized the place. Following that, we split up into groups to work in both rooms. Some of us focused on making the walls colorful and others began sketching and creating murals of animals, insects, and nature. We even had some Glimpsers create ceiling decorations such as paper cranes. After a quick lunch break, we continued our project and wrapped our first day up with all the walls and rooms painted. We went back home to the hostel for free time to shower, rest, or to explore the city. After dinner, we had our daily nightly meeting which consisted of lengthy discussions about our CAP project. It included many suggested improvements to be made and was very beneficial to our group. We are all very excited to continue and finish beautifying Los Pipitos tomorrow!
P.S. Happy late birthday, mom. I love you! You too, Dad. – Thuong An
Happy late birthday Annie! – Vy Nguyen