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.