What a wonderful feeling to go to Campamento, Trujillo and see the happy faces of Elena and Luis! We are quite lucky to have such adventorous friends who take their time to know this country that most tourist pass or just go to the islands (which is not a bad choise anyway).
After a trip that they had to Guatemala we introduced them to the people of Vallecito. It was a beautiful meeting which gave a lot to both sides. Luis played football with them and Elena was very creative painting with the children.The situation of this group is a bit better as they have been cultivating land and very soon they will have their first corn, beans and so on. The land is very fertil and with the help of Edy, who is our foundations ingenier of agriculture, they have learned new, more ecological methods of cultivation.
The sad part is that the land is not good for living. It is next to the big Aguan river which floods easily and also is a perfect sphere for all kinds of insects to live. Especially the children suffer from bites and many of them have had illnesses as dengue fever. The group has faced also another setback as the local land owner unjustly closed the road to their lands. Another proof of corruption in this country. The group is trapped as they can only use another, much longer and worse, path from 6am until 3pm. This way they can not take any products out to sell and worst of all, the children don´t have access to schools. Working with this group has prooved us that there is a reason why when asking a peasant how he is, the answer is;" Siempre en la lucha"
which means "always fighting".