This is my final post from Peru… 6 months has gone by quickly, but looking back a lot has happened during that time. Even in the last few weeks since my last post a lot has happened.
I was very happy to be able to spend time with Practical Solutions which is large well-developed organization. Their primary focus is the implementation of useful technologies in rural areas. Most of my efforts went toward learning about their “escuelas saludables” project, which consists of the implementation of technology and education side by side. The educators work directly with the teachers in the schools, and the Practical Solutions curriculum works right into the schools curriculum so that after SP leaves the information is integrated into the school system. They bring specific resources and educational material to assist the teachers in getting the message to stick. They have comprehensive classes about, waste management, composting, recycling, hygiene, nutrition, basic illness, the environment, and more. Much of their topics are very similar to MEJORC.
After that I headed back to the village to wrap up project details and for a final farewell. We invited all of the youth that have participated and their families and we publicly thanked the kids and presented them each with a card, photos and a copy of the videos. We also had cake and refreshments. Below is a video slideshow from the last 6 months that we showed during the farewell party.
It felt pretty good but also a bit sad to be concluding things in the community.
This entire experience has developed and grown me in ways that I didn’t expect. I am very grateful to MEJORC for facilitating this period of my life.
Thank you all for your interest and support for this organization.
Brent James Bellamy