Friday, May 29, 2020

++++++++++++++Esperanza (Hope) Springs Eternal ++++++++++++

Cycles, circles...given enough time everything comes round right.

Annual Lake Grasses

Annual grasses return each year to our lake, as do the very fertile Lirio plants.

Thursday, as we arrived for our stealth watering session at Vivero La Esperanza, a surprise awaited us.  Emily Ruth and her brother Jobe surprised us with a visit.  I think it was preordained because
they brought with them their Gazanga, or hand sickle and were ready to clear some weeds!

Brad's cotton trees were growing nicely, albeit a little slower than if they had had more than weekly watering

After a warm, non-physical greeting we all set to work, distancing ourselves from each other.

Without any prompting, Emily Ruth got to potting plants right away.


Jobe started clearing the entry area of weeds with his hand sickle.

Another old friend also came to visit...Brad's pal.  We don't know his name but he has been visiting the Vivero since he was a wee pup...we were all happy to see him and decided to name him Chacho, short for muchacho.

Work is play is work.

After our chores were done, the kids went through our reading library and took books
of interest for themselves and their younger sibs.

My soul and gut tell me that as spring turns to summer and
we go through the machinations of this new world (virus) order
our Vivero will also come back to life.

For now, the seeds we have planted, both literally and figuratively,
will continue to grow and blossom and bear fruit.

Gracias to all our volunteers and supporters.

Be well and stay safe.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

+++++++++++++++ Huerto Cafe Despensa Day +++++++++++++++

My dear friend Rocio Meillon, owner of Huerto Cafe in Riberas Del Pilar,
called me to ask if I would help her coordinate giving away some food despensas
to our most needy families.

Rocio knows that I work with Poco A Poco San Pedro Itzican and that we are presently
delivering 5 tons of food to the villages east of Mezcala weekly.

Weekly Food Truck Delivery to San Pedro Itzican

Bambino and Despensas

Rocio thought I could identify the most needy families in our areas.

I also work with a bi-weekly despensa food group in Ajijic that brings much needed
food, originating from the Jalisco Food Bank.  Our group is "Mexicans Helping Mexicans" and has been working now completely voluntarily for 4 years...we are Axixic Michicihualli

With the help of my fellow Axixic Michicihualli co-founders Jaime and Raul, we identified families from Chapala, Riberas Del Pilar and Ajijic that truly needed assistance.

Despensa Package

We receive, inventory, sort and deliver our bi-weekly despensa at the
futbol field south of the Lienzo Charro, and Jaime was gracious enough
to lend us the same area for the Huerto Cafe despensas.

Raul and Paloma Waiting For The Despensa Families

Jaime, Rocio y Pao

At high noon the families started to arrive.  We took a few bits of information such as name and number of people in the households, what town they lived in, etc.

The families were very grateful for the food Rocio and her folks were providing.

In the end we counted 157 people who were helped that day by Rocio's kindness.

Gracias Rocio y Huerto Cafe for stepping up to make a difference in these difficult times.

Huerto Cafe
Hidalgo # 212 (carretera)
Riberas Del Pilar
(376) 108-0843
Rocio Meillon