To celebrate International Women’s Day I wanted to post pictures of some wonderful women involved in the Center who were part of today’s cultural event to celebrate “Dia de la Mujer.” I hope that no matter our sex or gender, we can remember all of the successes women have achieved as well as the struggles we have yet to overcome, not just in the U.S. or Nicaragua, but all over the world. Today we break down the boarders and stand together in solidarity.
Ivania Pineda, the Center’s violence prevention coordinator, is seen here on the left with a few of her violence prevention promoters. Today they went to the local elementary school to perform a skit about women’s rights. They will continue this programming on Saturday, where there will be an event here commemorating International Women’s day!
I snuck in to take a picture of the scholarship students working on a project for the bulletin board! They were cutting out articles on health, politics, education, and current events for people to read as they come through the center. This is part of their social service in exchange for receiving their scholarships..
The staff has been doing Tai Chi this week during the yearly anticipated Friends of Batahola visit. Both Tai Chi and acupuncture is being offered for staff by Herb Holman, husband of the president of the Board of Friends of Batahola, Terri Holman. Tai Chi is a slow meditative form of exercise that helps us rid ourselves of negative energy and get new positive energy that Herb described as a way of filling up our cups in order to let it overflow to others that we encounter throughout the day. I’m looking forward to meeting the other members of the Board and filling up my cup with renewed energy and excitement for working and serving others here in Batahola.
Meet Victor Hugo, our friend and neighbor we see on a daily basis passing by our house. Every time you sit on our front porch you’re bound to have Victor stop by (at least once or twice) shake your hand through the “verjas” and strike up a conversation regarding anything from the book you’re reading to the sport you played in high school. Even though sometimes I wish I could sit on my porch in peace, I have come to enjoy his drop-bys as a way to remember what’s truly important in my time here (and anywhere for that matter)…building relationships.