I have two things to share with you this Earth Day. First some Earth Day projects led by Orfe. Second the wonderful plantains growing in our garden.
Orfe led the dozen or so children that gathered at the clinic today in a discussion about Earth Day. It was interesting to hear her weave pariicular topics of health and cleanliness into the topic. For example, using latrines as a way to contain waste. Around Santa Ana the water you generally see is large dirty ponds for animals. Orfe talked about the lovely lake in Flores which is about 15 minutes from here. Of the children there, only three had ever seen it. After a lovely prayer together, Orfe invited the children to draw Earth Day pictures. Afterwards, some continued to draw Earth Day pictures on Tux Paint, a computer drawing program. At the end of their day, Orfe and the children collected garbage around the area. Orfe sure brought the Earth Day message home to the kids in many ways!!
Earth Day makes me think of planting trees. Well, Ismael has planted close to 30 plantain trees in our backyard. Every day we water them by carrying buckets of water in the morning and in the evening. They are growing so fast you can almost see it! Ismael believes that we will be eating plantains (a type of banana) within a year!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012