I can’t believe it’s been so long since you were all here together at the lodge! It seems like just yesterday you were all saying your tearful goodbyes. Michaela, Mic(k?), Javier, and I miss you all and I’m sure you all miss each other! I hope some of you will be making plans to see each other over the next year (or even having a GLA reunion trip like some of you were doing this summer). You are probably back to school or will be starting soon, but I wanted to let you know that here at the lodge we are still talking about you guys and the impact you had on us and the communities we work with this summer.
After you guys left, I got to see other groups finish up the bathroom we were working on in cano dulce, hear about how great the cement floor that we did on our first day, and see how nice the house turned out that we painted in cano dulce. It was amazing to see the progress that has been made by so many different groups working together! You guys got the luck to be one of the last groups of the summer, so you got to see a lot of different phases of our health projects. I also got to see the trenches and water tank at Polanco be completely finished and the water tank is now set up and working! Thank you so much for helping to finish off a year-long project. The 200+ people that now have water thank you! We also are finishing up the community center in NY Chiquito that you all helped to bottle. The community is busy planning activities for the center!
We had so much fun our little group at Laguna Dudu (where you survived the zip-line), Laguna Gri Gri and Playa Caleton, and our last day at Rio Yasica! I had a blast with you all!
I really hope you all are still thinking about the impact you had both during the brigade in the batey La Grua (with so many patients!), and with vitamin distribution in NY Chiquito (which was one of our best vitamin distribution days all summer-congrats on your hard work and organization!), as well as all of our public health projects such as the bathrooms in cano dulce and NY Chiquito, the water tank in Polanco, and cement floors in cano dulce.
Please keep in touch!
Katherine, Michaela, Mic, and Javier