We are getting to the part of the project which requires more field work. The villagers here have shown how dedicated they are to this training that they are receiving. We need to start early in the day. I recently found out that some of the villagers participating in this project are traveling some far distances and even crossing the river en route to the training venue. I had the opportunity to accompany some of them to the road leading to their houses. I was amazed to know that several of them cross the river, paddling a canoe, twice daily everyday. This is difficult enough seeing as how the river has been consistently flooded over the past few weeks, but one of them does this daily and she cannot swim. Her name is Sirley. I saw her stand in the canoe and paddle her way across the flooded river. The pictures below were taken while she made her way across the river.
Another one of the trainees has a new born baby boy. Her name is Amalia and most days she has her son with her. He is a welcomed addition to the group. Amalia doesn’t allow the fact that she has a young baby to keep for from benefiting from this project. She is shown below. I even spend some time with the baby boy during the sessions to allow her time to complete her work.
This commitment to what they are doing only solidifies the importance of the work that I am doing down here.
Last week we had to set up a nature trail around the village. All of the participants in the project came out. They came from far, across rivers, catching the bus, biking and even walking. They endured through swarms of mosquitoes and doctor flies. It was muddy and raining. In the end we accomplished what we set out to do. It was a great feeling knowing that we were getting closer to the end goal. The next activities will involve more field work. Below are some pictures from the nature trail. We saw what I believe is a bare-throated tiger heron nesting in a nearby tree.