In the morning we made our way to El Molino with our favorite drivers Don Ramiro, Don Rene, and Don Fernando. They were all very accommodating and we will miss them very much as this was our last bus ride with them. Once we were at the community we scrambled frantically to finish our three ambitious projects. Everyone moved around from job to job to fit the needs of the group. Along with our three CAP projects we had many other tasks to complete including a path for trucks to drive on, helping to make the snacks for the day, cleaning dishes, and babysitting (aka playing) with the kids. Everyone was so passionate about completing all of our tasks that no one wanted to take a break. I (Jennifer) basically had to drag people away, especially out of the mural room. After four and a half hours we finally finished (an hour late)! All of the projects turned out really really great. I (Jennifer) was really proud of a patch of blue sky that I painted in the mural room. Even though it probably got painted over, knowing that I helped and it is still there made me really ecstatic. I (Jasper) was really proud of the communal house because I was the only person who could reach the top. I even needed the help of the other really tall person in the group (Adrian) to paint the very top of the house by climbing on his shoulders.
We are so proud of our work and couldn’t wait to show the community. It was so amazing to see how happy they all were with our work. After the president of El Molino gave us a heartwarming speech, we surprised the community with half of the donations of school supplies that we brought with us. Stay tuned to hear about what we do with the other half! 😉
Any who, it was really difficult knowing that we were leaving the community for the last time. But we are hopeful to visit again because the president invited us back any time.
After the goodbyes and the bus ride back to our hostel, we gathered as a group to discuss how we felt the CAP project went and also to write letters of appreciation to those that supported us on our trip. Even though we had difficulties gathering the correct supplies and making do with what we had in our budget we all pulled together to create something sustainable and useful to the community.
We now pass the torch on to the next Líderes del Día Bailey and Zara. Good luck guys! 😉
BIG LOVE! Jasper and Jennifer
P.S. Shoutout to the Jackson Liles family! Don’t know who’s reading this blog but I really love you guys and I want to let you know I’m having an amazing time.
P.S.S. Another shoutout to my parents and my dog (Buddy) and all my friends who may or may not be reading this – – – I miss you guys a lot <333 I’ll be home on Thursday at 11:15 am with gifts and love… See you soon!!!!
P.S.S.S. we’re really tired
P.S.S.S.S. BIG LOVE to Jonathon for literally bringing us Chips Ahoy right now!