Emotions were running hot and body fluids were running hotter. Today was a day filled with some very interesting information and experiences. We started the day bright and early with breakfast at 7:30am prepared by Yahyda. As a group we were all feeling under the weather today. I was lucky enough to wake up with pink eye and a little hint of dysentery and I was not alone. A lot of the group had some night time visits with the porcelain throne. We made sure to drink a lot of water and we kept in a great mood. We had a great talk about free trade versus fair trade in the morning and after we went and visited examples of both in the community.
Our fair trade example was a cooperative called “Nueva Vida”, where people displaced by hurricane Mitch make shirts out of organic, local cotton and sell them abroad. It was such an awesome place, with a vibe of hope that our vibe watcher Kyler took astute notice of. After leaving this wonderful place, we went to one of the nicer “sweat shop” in Nicaragua. This location was owned by Muebletex, a textile company that specializes in making furniture covers. The juxtaposition of this location to ” Nueva Vida” was powerful. They had 672 workers that were working in a room that was around 80 degrees and was overfilled. Then, we had a local environmental economist come speak more about fair trade. He painted a specific picture of how Nicaragua directly plays in with the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). It was fascinating hearing about the environmental aspect of this dynamic.
The resounding feeling is that we have been here for at least a month. Yesterday was a packed 12 hour day and today was just as busy. It has been amazing meeting people and seeing the hope that individuals bring within their community. Tomorrow we’re spending a whole day with children and we’re really pumped!!
-Mostly Jordan and a little bit of Sarah
PS: We would lovingly accept any form of support through the means of comments! (Claire wants to let her mom know it’s fine haha)
PSS: Becca wishes her mom the Happiest Birthday!!!
And to momma bear LaBrec…….Love ya and miss you a lot:)