This was our first day of work and we traveled to the village of San José Las Minas. It was in Las Minas that we finished up our work last year and where, tragically, our team member Joe Walsh, passed away.
This year Joe’s son and daughter are with us and our first function this morning was to lay a wreath on a memorial site the villagers marked. There were some tears, some prayers, and the acknowledgment that Joe died working in a place he’d come to love, for people he’d come to love.
After the ceremony, the children of the village performed for us and we had an impromptu workshop on stove installs as this year we are dealing with a new and larger stove design. We left several people to install a playground and moved down the road to the village of San José Buenos Aires where we installed 15 more stoves.