Independence Day, September 15, is a BIG DEAL in Guatemala! The schools and villages have been preparing for two weeks. Bands play, Independence Day Queens are chosen, parades are everywhere, costumes are lovely, food is abundant!
Ismael, Orfe and I went to Purushila on Thursday evening. The community was gathered there to elect the Independence Day Queen of the primary school (1-6). The event got started at about 8 pm. Many of the school children danced for the crowd. Five young ladies were in the running for the Queen. Three outside judges evaluated them for at least four dances. Two of the young ladies were 6th graders, two were 5th graders and the smallest one was a 4th grader. The competition was tough. In the end, the 4th grader won! However, for some reason, I lost the pictures of the event!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012