Many days have passed since I came to El Salvador in my mission to provide developmental resources to the community of Tasajera, but it always feels like there is not enough time to accomplish all I want. On my last visit to Tasajera, from Friday June 29 to Monday July 2 (4 days), I accomplished several things.
Among the things accomplished, I installed another hydroponic system with tomatoes, directly sponsored by Dr. Russell Dodson. Also, in two separate occasions I taught small groups of people the art of Hidroponic farming and I provided them with practical guides. In another instance, I took the time to explain the group the importance of being aware of our actions and intentions in our daily lives and in our HUMEN mission, since in this project we are working to achieve something larger than just food sustainability.
As a summary to what I emphasized to them: I believe that the growth of this project, and positive outcomes, will come as a direct result of our personal growth. This means that if we live our lives with bad intentions towards others and disrespecting the laws of Nature, WE WILL FAIL.
Many other important small things for the positive, and organic, growth of our organization were done, but the main progress note that I want to emphasize on is the group bonding that is very visible now. Cristian, Francisco (Paco), Jeremias, Lazaro, and Tony can now be considered reliable HUMEN activists in Tasajera. This is an important step to reach our goal. A New Horizon is visible in this place (Tasajera), I believe we can, and that we will… it’s all about our positive intent towards a better, brighter future.
This is our mission:
“Through focusing on co-creating change, we focus on the future and moving forward through positive intent. Change will be created through our intent and our actions. We will move forward creating peace, harmony and empowering humanity as we do. We are powerful beyond measure as are all beings on this planet, so let us use this strength as a way to move forward and live the way we would like to see the world. Not only is it important to be the change you wish to see in the world but it is also important to live the change we so desperately desire.”
On Tuesday June 12th 4 of us took a trip to la isla tasajera ( Tasajera island) to build a protective structure for the hydroponics systems. Things were a little rough in the beginning because it was very difficult to get all of our supplies into our vehicle. Finally we got everything loaded and we were on our way. We arrived in the afternoon to the dock and were met by 2 people from the island who where going to help us with this project. Once we were on the island we unloaded all of our supplies and started talking about how we were going to build this protective structure.
This structure needed to be built to protect the plants growing in the hydroponic systems from the sun and rain. We Started the project by placing in the support posts while others of us fixed up the garden by supporting the tomato plants. Then once the support posts were in the ground we started on the roof. This was a little more challenging because we had to decide how we were going to get a slope to get the rain to drain off properly. Finally it was decided to just make the middle higher and having it drain off both sides.
Half the group worked on building the wood frame while the others took the time to unwind and cut the plastic into strips for the roof. Then by the time all of that was finished it was dark time so we decided to settle down and rest for the night. The next morning we got up early so we could to the beach and reward ourselves for the hard work we had accomplished the night before. We then came back to the work site because we had to accomplish the task of getting the plastic roof on.
We got the strips out and started placing them on the roof. Meanwhile 2 more people from the island joined us to help with the project. The first piece of plastic was cut to short and didn’t fit properly so we have to do a little rearranging of the plastic and finally we got the roof complete and our job there was done. We then had a little prayer session to thank God for allowing us to be there and help these people and for keeping us diligent in our work. We finished by saying our goodbyes and we were off back to San Salvador to plan and prepare for our next visit.