The inauguration of the 1st module of the Yurac Yacu Center took place on December 4, 2010 and it was a HUGE success.
The community association cooked for over 150 people and there were “perols” huge pots, boiling over a wood fire, preparing potatoes, wheat (llunca), vegetable and sheep (carnero) soup and of course the famous guinea pig ( cuy ). There were 3 local young men playing music, representatives from the local municipality and communities, local teachers, volunteers and guests from the Inn and the kids and neighbors themselves.
The outhouse was finished at the last minute and after hours of food, speeches, dancing, pop and beer it was well used. (However the footprints on top, by the seat made me think that maybe not everyone knows how to use it?).
Berta, the Educational Volunteer from Germany wore a lovely skirt ( pollera ) and shawl ( manta ) lent to her by one of the mothers and bashfully danced with the kids, giving them courage and more reasons to smile.
The rain came by 2 pm and everyone crammed into the room and waited under the outside overhang. Dogs were everywhere, hoping for a bone, an unattended plate forgotten by someone. The music, the people, the mud and rain, the food, the speeches, the kids, the laughs, it was all so great and to see people enjoying the fruits of their labor, to be doing something positive was worth every second.
Classes will now take place there and we have moved from the small red building which was kindly lent to us for the last 2 years. We at Andean Alliance and on behalf of the people here cannot thank you all enough who, over the years, have believed in them, have believed in opportunity, have given a donation of time, of money, of materials, of yourselves. Please, follow our journey as the Yurac Yacu Project develops and as we continue with our other initiatives.
Saludas y Abrazos, Diana
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