Over the seven years that I have been visiting northern rural Peten, economic growth has been slow but evident. Early on I remember men paving the road to San Benito. Our teams now regularly use this road. It is difficult to imagine that the road was not always there.
Recently, I have noticed white stripes across the roads. These are safety features to indicate that there is a path or a road coming up and caution should be used. The closer one is to the side path, the closer together the white stripes are.
I took picures of houses and small businesses that are in the process of being built or are newly constructed. Generally the new structures are made by mixing cement by hand and putting together cement blocks. Huge piles of dirt and small stones by the side of the road indicate that someone is going to build. Building is a tedious and lengthy process.
I wonder if someone has written a study of how long it takes for a community to rebuild after a war.
All of these new developments are within 5 minutes from my room. There are a sign that the economy is improving in rural Peten.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012