Glimpse of Guatemala!
The next two days were spent working alongside Nina from Vamos Adelante. We purchased much needed food and hiked deep into the Guatemalan jungle to deliver it to members of the elderly assistance program. We met Dona Maria and watched as she made tortillas. We talked with a 96 year old couple and learned of their struggles during the rainy season. We reunited with Don Rosindo from 4 years ago and were so happy to see how much he has improved. We ate lunch at a small library and met with kids as they braved the rainfall just to attend the after school program offered.
The following day we spent in Santa Rosa counting vitamins at the medical clinic, doing educational activities with the kids, and then playing like crazy until we popped all the balls! Clara from Vamos Adelante prepared us a wonderful lunch and we handed over more Spanish books, supplies, and the much needed weight scales they had requested for the clinic.
We enjoyed a great lunch and then went out to the shores of the lake to witness the intensity of the storm – docks were under water, mud was gushing from the mountains, disaster crews were working hard to control the situation. Up above us, high in the mountains…the waterfalls were raging. This unexpected storm has taken Guatemala by surprise and has trapped many locals in their villages and many tourists at their hotels. The rain is expected to subside by Saturday – we’re hoping it stops today, but you can’t control Mother Nature. That just means more shopping!! Stay tuned for more details!!!