May 26th, 2009
El Chile is the name of the city where the women´s weaving co-op is located in Nicaragua and where we have one of our work sites. Our entire group split up for the night in El Chile to see what living was like in the rural areas of Nicaragua. Which meant that Dawn and I, a pair for the night, woke up at the early hour of 3am to try and find the bathroom of our host family. After we accidently woke up the entire family, we soon realized that we were not going to get any sleep anyway due to the sheer amount of roosters living outside our window, already wide awake for the morning. Besides giving us a good laugh, it gave us a true look at how the people in this area live and also a good excuse to eat breakfast early. The whole group got together around 630 at the weaving co-op to continue our various projects from the day before. Dawn, Lucas, Ben, Mario, Nico and I headed down to Vernon´s house to contune work on his roof. Due to the existing structure of the house, the plan had to be adjusted and essentially made a new framework for his house to support the roof. Vernon and his family are going to rebuild their house after the new structure and roof are built. Everyone, including our group and Planting Hope, are extremely excited for them. Around 3 we walked for about a half hour to the public bus to head back to San Ramon. After about a 45 minute ride, we said goodbye to Aimee, our faithful advisor, as it was her last day in Nicaragua with us. All together, a very long, but very successful, day. A little sad that there are only 10 left.