The last day in El Salvador before the trip back to the UK the following day. What a wonderful way to spend the day at a CAFOD project. Debbie went with 11 other pilgrims to the community at Puentecitos, a small village near the border of Guatemala, who are improving community life by opening small businesses and using organic farming methods. This is the community th
at is featured in Connect 2 El Salvador scheme.
They were met by Erasmus, one of the project leaders. Sadly his father-in-law had just died in an accident and Debbie says, “despite that, he wanted to remain with us till his replacement came. He said that our presence and support was a great help to him! I was so moved.”
We met Julia and her lovely family. They were the featured family in CAFOD’s geography pack for primary school and it was wonderful to see how they had grown with a new addition to the family!
The group were told about all the projects that the community were involved in with CAFOD’s support working through the local partner Solidarity CVX.
The group were given a tour of Julia’s home and saw the chickens, pigs, sacks of corn from the previous harvest, hand-made baskets and shampoo. Such a joy to see the community so empowered! They were then made even more welcome with a wonderful lunch cooked by Julia’s eldest daughter on a stove using wood. Debbie noted
“I was breathing in the smoke from the wood even from where I was sitting and it struck me how the family have to breath in these unhealthy fumes everyday! It made me realise how important our Power to Be campaign was to get the World bank to invest in renewable and safe energy”
Before the lovely lunch the community sang to their visitors
Then came the lunch which was so lovingly prepared for us.
“I was surrounded by the community and could hardly speak more than 5 Spanish words but we got on great. Our driver was invited for lunch too and he had a Google translator on his mobile phone. With that, we had a fun and interesting conversation. Just goes to show how technology can help!”
After lunch, the community were so keen for us to see how their efforts literally bore fruit.
“We were taken to the neighbour’s land to show us their numerous fruit trees.
It was fantastic to see first hand what I have been sharing with volunteers and supporters in the UK.
I can see how empowered and dignified people are. They don’t want hand outs. They are determine to improve their lives by putting in effort and time to get there. It has certainly paid off!”
The little ones were thrilled to sit in the air conditioned van and watch a cartoon!
The community pray together every Thursday and they always pray for CAFOD. How wonderful we are thought about and prayed for too.
It was a shame that Edelmira (who was the featured person for Harvest 2017) couldn’t be with us as the local transport left before she could get to the stop but she sent her warm wishes to all of us.
Everyone came away full of hope and Joy.