"They Are Great!"
It was a typically busy day when Daniel Louis dropped by my office. He was obviously distressed and just needed to talk. He shared with me that the Evangelical Baptiste School in his native area of Lambert, Haiti had to be closed due to a lack of chalk.
"Why?" I wondered aloud. "Why is the school going to be closed because of chalk?"
I want to share with you about my miraculous week in Nicaragua - my third trip there in the last eleven years. I traveled with my husband, Ken, and fellow members of the Huntington, Indiana Church of the Brethren to visit our sister church in Tisma, Nicaragua.
Glenna Stinson, president of "Trees for Life Haiti," experienced the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After helping people survive the aftermath of the disaster, she returned to her tree-planting activities the following spring. This blog contains her updates since the earthquake.
14 Months After the Earthquake
Glenna gives a brief summary of the past year, and shares about her recent trip to the USA -- her first time out of Haiti in eight years -- and her visit to the Trees for Life International office.
As a volunteer from the USA serving in a remote part of Guatemala, one of my most moving experiences has been working with stud
Symbol of hope: Antonia Catarina cooks on her new stove, a sign of her people's return from exile and commitment to preserve their environment and improve their lives.
It's early morning in Union Victoria, a rural community in the highlands of Guatemala. The roosters have been crowing since 4:00 AM. As I arise, the sweet aroma of the bell flower fills the subtropical mountain air.
Natividad struggles daily to provide food and shelter for her children Maria Isabel and Chepe. In her work with Trees for Life, she is also planting the seeds of hope for future generations.
I rose early in the morning to begin my journey. I had been back in the highlands of Guatemala for only a short while, having returned after a year of studying permaculture in the United States. Memories of the people living in these mountains and the work they are doing kept me going while I was away. It had taken a couple of weeks to get readjusted to a new community of friends and pace of life, but it felt great to be back.
Beams of early morning sunlight streamed through the cornstalk wall of the kitchen we entered. "Buenos días," I greeted Señora Rosa Guaran. She smiled back and encouraged me to sit at a small wooden table. Her family had been planning breakfast for me for the past few weeks, since they learned I was coming to Guatemala to visit "Tomás" — Tom Benevento, a Trees for Life volunteer from Pennsylvania.