Sunday, November 23, 2008
Some of you may be wondering what it is we’re supposed to be “doing” here in Zacongo (in terms of something resembling work or a job). We sometimes wonder this too! However, MCC (the organization we are volunteering with) places a high priority on developing relationships and also emphasizes learning what people envision for their lives and their community. So right now we are trying to do just that – getting to know people and learning about what people are interested in doing. So far Bruce (together with two other MCC volunteers, Kiara and Meredith) has spent some time talking with people in another community (close to Olinala) about a fish pond project that they have started in their community. It is likely that Bruce will do more work with these types of projects. As for myself, I’ve been talking a lot with people here in Zacongo (mostly women young and old) and the one thing that keeps coming up is people’s desire to learn English (younger generation) and to improve Spanish literacy skills (older generation). These are both areas that I would be very happy to work in. One other more immediate desire that was expressed by the women was the desire to learn how to make pizza. While I don’t really consider myself to have the gift of being able to cook (let alone teaching others to do it), I do like making pizza. So yesterday (Saturday) a group of about 15 women came to make pizza. It was a hoot!