Cartagena, Colombia Preschool Outreach
While visiting our German exchange student in Colombia, we were shown a program designed to help single mothers. Which provided education and financial support with micro loans to start their own businesses. They also provided childcare for these mothers so they can work. They are building futures for these children by teaching them multiple languages and trade skills that will help in future jobs. But at the same time they are creating the jobs for them years down the road. Creating spaces for the kids to learn about plants and how to grow them is important since food is integrated into all parts of cultures around the world.
The city and partner charitable groups are working to clean up the waterways and fill the city with small business to bring in tourism into Cartagena. It is inspiring to see the big picture and how they are working to create the success of their future not just with business but pollution. Cleaning the oceans helps improving food quality but also attract scuba divers and other jobs. After the damages of Pablo Escobar and the drug wars the city is trying to rebuild a damaged society changing 3rd and fourth generation poverty families into families with hope of a successful future and the education to back their plans.
On a bus ride to tiny towns out side of Cartagena where few people go to travel there was a beauty in how the community made stops to allow vendors sell on the bus to bring in money for these towns. The community helps each other grow. They realize that if their neighbor is doing well they will do well too.
Inspired by the model we have reached out to other in home childcare providers in the area helping mentoring their program and getting women started with their own licensed childcare home. Helping women's daycare programs to be of high quality. We also loved the interactive program they have for children teaching second languages and the foundations of life cycles for plants. We know we want to create something to in-cooperate the community and persevering our local culture.
Breaking Bread with South Africans In Paris
After our trip to see Katie we went off To Belgium and stayed with Sara's family. We were met at the airport by by Sara's mother Fabi, who is warm gracious and strong. We felt right at home and there was an instant connection with this family across the world. There, they shared all of Belgium with us. We got to see where Stella Artois was made and of course enjoyed a few while we were there. They took us every where from the sea side up north to see the tiny little villages. We were overwhelmed of a feeling of being at home while enjoying their hometown beers.
Sara's Family was an amazing tour guide tour all through Paris. We were able to see so many sites without the hassle of trying to figure where to go as a tourist. There was so much to see and so much to talk in and so little time to do it. The heat was horrible, and we were getting HANGRY and bickering a bit. Here we were, in a place rich with history and we are too tired to appreciate it completely in the moment. As we were walking away from the Eiffel Tower looking for a cafe, we came across some teenagers setting up tables with a large spread of cheeses, wines, breads and fruits. We asked them what they were doing and they said they just wanted to share their food and drink with anyone who wanted to stop by. The were a youth group from South Africa and we stayed and talked with them about South Africa and the groups experiences and enjoyed the food and wine right there on the streets of Paris. They were so welcoming and friendly. It was there that we knew we wanted to bring all these feeling to others.
When we returned home, this farm house was still on the market. It was in a rough state but the energy of the home was warm and we wanted to restore it to it's grandeur. We love this area and knew we wanted to be a part of the farms history. We want it to be a beautiful place to grow. We felt this location could be more use to the community.