Having known that we could not do too much work during the weekend, we decided to use the time to relax and see more of Salvadoran culture. The weekend did not turn into a time to play, because some interesting things happened that have led to more work for the week.
Our weekend started with a get together with Francisco’s friends. It was very nice to meet people who live and work in El Salvador. The people all came from various backgrounds, but they were all successful and in their 30s to early 40s. They were all curious about our trip, and what brought us to El Salvador. We described our first trip and what called us to return for a second time. Many of them were very impressed, and glad that we are taking on this task.
As the night went on we got to talk to all the people individually. One of the first contacts we made was a man named Roberto, who was a civil engineer in El Salvador. He was very impressed, and wanted to give us all the support that they could provide in El Salvador. He happened to be part of the Rotary Club, and told us that the club would be more than willing to help our project financially and with whatever work we needed help with.
The next person that we spoke to extensively was Francisco’s good friend Jerry. He, and most of the other people, taught english at a school in El Salvador. He mentioned a lady who has an orphanage in the area. Also, he told us that he would like to help by teaching English to the kids that we brought in from the Campo. We going to set a meeting up with the lady this week to discuss her project, so we can get more ideas for our project.
Saturday also brought some interesting revelations for our project. The day started by the landscapers coming to cut the grass. To me it was amazing to see a man cut the grass merely with a machete. It also made me realize that the people who physically work the hardest in this country seem to be the ones who suffer the most, and get paid the least.
Saturday night we went to dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. We sat with a couple who had two kids. After the chef came and prepared our meals the couple struck up a conversation with us. They were very interested as to why we were in El Salvador. We told them our story, and the man seemed more interested after he heard the details. He was a pediatrician in El Salvador who owned soccer teams in a small town in the Campo. His team targeted elementary school kids, so they would stay out of trouble after school was over. His focus was on education, because to be on the team the kid must attend school and do well. Also, the kid must have an eye toward high school, and eventually university. After much conversation we got all of his contact information, and have hopes of contacting him this week.
It seems through meeting people in El Salvador, that most are willing to help. It is amazing that we are meeting new contacts everyday who shape the overall goals of our project, and share the will to help those in need.
This week we are meeting once again to determine the direction of our project, since things have been changing as new contacts have been formed. We plan to visit Sr. Peggy in Suchitoto. Also, we are going to visit a girl Cory met on the flight to El Salvador, so we can see the high school her parents run. Things should get more interesting this week, because we are going to be extremely busy planing the details