Rural Social Development Project

My fiance, Ruben, has been working with a NGO called FUNDESYRAM.  It was founded and its offices are based in Tacuba.  He has been working with older women on Wednesdays and teenagers on Thursdays.  Ruben asked me if I would like to come along and help him today.  I had worked in that area this past summer and I thought it would be a neat experience.  The majority of these teenagers have dropped out of school so they can work and help support their families. Most of them cut coffee at $1.25 a sack.  The hours being 4 am to 4 pm. In that specific area of the country they said this year has been one of the best coffee harvest that they have had in a really long time.  FUNDESYRAM is a non profit organization established to contribute to the development in rural and urban life. With agricultural, social, educational, and restoration projects with a focus on gender. Ruben was teaching a workshop on working together in a team, power of communication, and how you view and identify yourself.  I helped lead some games and then at the end the teenagers were split into groups and they had write a plan of action regarding their association with the foundation.  So I helped one of the groups with the mission and vision statements, what they want to accomplish, and how they can accomplish those things together as a team.  It was somewhat difficult because they don't know how to think for themselves.  So it was a lot of questioning, suggesting, probing, and trying to help them come up with their own ideas.  I had a really good time and it was nice to be able to work alongside Ruben.

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