Today we woke up at 7am to begin our CAP (Community Action Project) delivery phase. As soon as we got there everyone got straight to work, but we realized we were missing a few items. Despite the small setback, we were still able to start prepping for action. The construction team began taking down all the old walls, while the library organizing crew began cleaning the shelves and sorting out all the books. The paint crew taped all the sides of the walls and windows and dusted all the corners. All while the event planning committee went out and around Constanza promoting the event and asking for donations. The event is to showcase all the work that we are doing at the Casa de La Juventud.
In detail, the construction team, with the help of skilled community members, expanded the library and added three more doors for easy access. It was a bit difficult trying to paint around them because we didn’t want to mess up their progress. Nevertheless, we repainted all the walls with light yellow and sky blue to create a warm and welcoming environment for the community. As well as a world map that will be seen as soon as anyone walks in. The event committee won’t get to shine until tomorrow, but today they spent their time shopping and getting ready for their big day. While all the other groups seemed to be progressing, the library organizers were struggling due to miscommunication and lack of materials. But after consuming the delicious lunch that was provided by Dilenia, we got the energy to figure out a more efficient plan. With less people, the right materials, and better communication.
Once we left, our work still wasn’t done. We had our last day of English tutoring still. It was a bittersweet goodbye to the students we bonded with so well. To end the day, we were rewarded with strawberry juice from the Mayor who sat with us for dinner.
As leaders del Dia, we witnessed great teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. It was motivating to see the whole group getting involved and giving it their all. We learned that being a leader can be challenging, but with the right amount of confidence it can be a rewarding experience.