Today didn’t go as planned with the itinerary we received from the night before. It was supposed to be Deconstructing Poverty Day at Salinas, Ecuador, but as some people weren’t feeling well, an executive decision was made to stay in Guaranda. This was the best decision for everybody to recuperate and recharge their batteries for CAP Day #1 (which begins tomorrow).
The day began at 7:15 in the morning and when everybody was ready, we proceeded to head to La Estancia to have a fulfilling breakfast. Once everyone was done eating we headed back to Hostal Bolívar to go over the schedule for the rest day. Most people went out to explore the city and others stayed behind to rest. A group of students went to Salinerito to buy chocolates and everyone had pack into the tiny store as it was a very small place, but walked out happy as they left with big bags of chocolate. Because it was Sunday, a lot of shops were closed and it became difficult to find stores to buy souvenirs, so many went to Akí (a grocery store) to restock on snacks for the flight home. Once everybody was back from shopping, Joshua put on a documentary for us to watch called, “The Importance.” The story is about a court case of a same-sex married couple fighting to have their child be legally recognized by the government of Ecuador in 2011. At the end of the film, the couple was still fighting for their rights, but had not been successful. Fortunately, as of 6 weeks ago, the couple was finally able to have their child take on both of their last names and be registered with the two mothers.
Afterwards we had lunch at LA ESTANCIA! The food as always, was delicious and some of us got the opportunity to have lunch with the women of Simiatug Samai named Elvia and Lidia. They are from a community called Simiatug which is located 45 minutes north of Salinas. When we walked back to Hostal Bolívar and were up in the seminar room, Elvia began to talk to us about the organization and its greatest challenge. A Swiss volunteer named Cornelia, who wanted to help the women of Simiatug improve their family economic situations using their pre-existing skills which are crafting artisan goods and sewing. Although Cornelia helped the women start a business, she began to take advantage of them and did not pay them what they deserved. Cornelia then took more than half of the women of Simiatug Samai to start a new organization called Simiatug Llakta and left with all the client contacts and economic market knowledge. Despite having to start over, the women of Simiatug Samai have been able to maintain a market presence and provide work for their business partners. They are proud of their resilience and do not plan on giving up any time soon! Once the presentation was over, the students were able to shop for artisanal crafts the women have created.
Between shopping and dinner time, we were given time to relax before dinner. Catalina, Kimberly, Fabian, Noah, Aleta, Alfonso, Aisha, and Kylie played an intense round of cards with a game called War. At La Estancia, dinner was spaghetti with garlic bread and peaches in syrup as desert. YUM! Kimberly said the dinner was DELICIOUS! As usual, we had our nightly meeting and now most people are going to bed. Until next time family! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!
Ciao from Guaranda Ecuador 🙂
So sorry to hear some are not feeling well. Hope you are all well soon.
Elvia and Lidia sound awesome. Another wonderful opportunity to learn from those who have lived the struggle and risen above it. Truly admirable!
Keiana, it was great to hear your voice this morning. Stay healthy. We love you and will see you soon.
Aleta plays a mean game of cards, as you can tell from her telling photo shoot! Thanks for sharing every day all of your new insights and experiences. Can’t believe you’ll all be back on Friday. Take a lesson of resilience from the women of Simiatug Samai and finish strong!
I love the picture of the Photo Shoot.Im glad everyone got to rest today.
I hope everyone is feeling better.So Sorry I missed your call Lilly.
Those crafts looked nice.Did you buy one Lilly?
Miss you tons.
Hope everyone is feeling better so you are able to finish out the trip strong. How heartbreaking to hear about the women being taken advantage of. Great message of resilience.
So sorry I missed both your calls Keiana, you caught me at work both times! I can’t wait to see you when you get back. For everyone – fully absorb the last of your days as much as possible in hopes of holding onto the memories for a lifetime.
Miss you so much. Can’t wait to hear all the stories and about all the memories you made. Every day seems to be filled with new experiences and activities & I hope you’re enjoying every bit of the trip! Have fun these last few days!
lilly mcardle….. MISS U SOOOOO MUCH. TOOK YOUR HILFINGER COMFORTER OFF YOUR BED AND I AM SLEEPIMG WITH IT TONITE… LOVE YA MAMA
Thank you Catalina Velasco call the detail story of the day.
I am sorry to hear that some of you were not feeling well. I hope you feel better! Hang in there; you will get home very soon.
To Peter, dad and I went to South California for Dorothy‘s birthday. We talked about you and we all missed you!
See you on Friday. I will prepare all your favorite dishes for you!
we hope that you all find yourselves better. Thank you Catalina for calling us. We are glad that all of you are doing an excellent job. Thank you all for keeping us informed of how each day is going. We are anxious for the return of everyone and can’t wait to see you all. Have fun and we’ll see you soon. We miss you Catalina and love you.
Catalina I’m glad to know you as close friend
This experience on life is what makes you guys grow as human beings this is making you understand the life on different parts of the world are completely unfair but people like you are there to make the difference ..we all your family waiting for you whit love Nalha