Brad's Garden Rose
Beauty. Simple. True.
These are words that I use to describe the people and projects of San Pedro Itzican.
At first glance you see littered streets, poverty, incomplete housing. But look beyond the obvious and you see warm, caring people who want better for their families. Who are willing to work and learn to create opportunities that weren't there yesterday. Their plight may seem bleak. They are resilient.
Hair and Make Up
Our friend Linda Marsh has joined the Hair and Make Up team. Linda comes via our friend and Maestro Rodrigo of Innovations Salon in Ajijic. She has been offering free hair cuts to the women, men and children of San Pedro Itzican. Welcome aboard Linda!
Maestro Rodrigo with some of his make up students
While the parents took class, I worked with the children. This day we drew and colored, learning the concepts of sharing, politeness and respect.
Music Class in the Vivero
Meanwhile in the nursery, Yannin held music class. We are hoping for a concert presentation from the music students soon.
Los Brigadistas in San Juan Tecomatlan
We also ventured to San Juan Tecomatlan, site of our newest Brigadista office and new plant nursery location. We are reviewing several lots for the nursery location where we plan to grow food from seed...enough to fill the home garden requests of the people of San Pedro Itzican, and also enough plants for sale to the general public to generate income.
Another program the community asked for was a Sewing Program. We've been collecting used sewing machines and materials just for this purpose.
Doris Wakeman generously took time to check out the donated sewing machines and made sure they were all working properly.
Our volunteer teacher is Sophia, proprietress of Fiaga in Ajijic, on Colon,
This past week the first class finally arrived...
along with a surprising number of women students.
The potential of this program to provide needed family income is huge.
Our gardens continue to grow, as do our spirits and inspiration.
Brigadista Truck, up and running!
Our Brigadista truck is complete. We've taken care of repairs, tires, clutch adjustments, rear headlights, etc. We even have new official stickers for the truck. Now the Brigadas can come and go with a minimum of risk on our roads and highways.
And lastly, because sometimes beauty cannot be described,
but must be seen, I gift you Rocio's Orchid.
The orchid was alive but not blooming until this year.
“I am in awe of flowers.
Not because of their colors,
but because even though they
have dirt in their roots,
they still grow.
They still bloom.”
― D. Antoinette Foy