Well, we woke up with a delicious breakfast of eggs, bread and plantains, with a traditional drink of passion fruit. Being El Lider del dia meant that I would have to create an energizer, which is a game that will get everybody ready for the day. The groups cooperation was amazing with only having known eachother for a couple of days.
Afterwards, there was an academic seminar on Aid and Development, which included us reading different articles that brought up great points for a debate. That allowed us to express ourselves with ideas on the topic. We then had a trip to Casa de la Sonrisas (Smiles Coffee), where we had an inspirational speech from Tio Antonio. He talked about the journey he had which caused him to move to Nicaragua, and later on staying here to make a big difference. He eventually opened up a cafe that makes hammocks and serves food by the deaf and blind.
There was another trip to Casa de Las Botellas, House of Bottles, which is a home for performers like jugglers, acrobats, and stilt walkers. We participated in activities that were really challenging and really thrilling. Carla, our Site Manager, surprised us with a Salsa Dance activity led by young students at the after school program, Carla Feliz. We then got the opportunity to go home, shower, and change for dinner at La Favorita.
After dinner, we got the opportunity to see a fire show by some other performers who were staying at la Casa de la Botellas. The performance was really exhilarating and the performers were very skilled at juggling batons on fire. We finished the night with our nightly meeting and got to show big Love and appreciation for the people we met, and eachother.
All of the places we visited included the main ideas of Aid and Development. For example, La Casa de las Sonrisas gave many Nicaraguan Children with disabilities and who were at risk a place to learn a skill, join a family, and have a safe home. Also, La Casa de la Botellas was created by a 10 youth who were looking to improve their environment, as well as their home lives. These young men and women came to become a family. The house was built using plastic bottles, solar panels, and other sustainable materials to help those living inside. One of the things we discussed in our meeting was the importance of doing proper research and communication about what aid is necessary. Dumping money or things that people don’t really need won’t help the people of these impoverished nations to develop sustainable and long lasting practices. Overall, we got a great glimpse at how regular people are making a difference in their communities by creating sustainable projects that allow the people of the community to learn, grow, and work. Off to bed, will be an early day tomorrow shadowing students at the local school!
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P.S.-Hi Mami, it’s good here and thank you for the comment. Lots of love <3