So much has happened since our last post! As some of you know our original project was to construct a school house for the children in the area we were staying in. When the funding from another organization did not come through for the school teacher we had to change our project to a womens center. We were still really excited about the project and looking forward to getting started! However, the planning of the project was taking too long and was becoming less and less feasible so our plans had to change again! We learned a lot about patience and flexibility when working in a foreign country. We worked to find a new project that would meet both our communitites needs and fit into the goals of Nourish. Fundahmer presented us with the idea of builiding pilas (Arnie I’m sorry if I spelled it wrong!) which we decided was an exciting option. A pila is a water storage basin with a cement top on one side for dishes and laundry and household duties. Water in the area is a difficult thing to come by and the people are in dire need of it. By providing pilas we are alleviating some of the water issue by allowing them a storage space to collect and hold larger amounts of water. One very unfortunate aspect of this was that we were no longer able to stay in Gaucamaya, El Tablon and Cerro Fuego. We moved to the neighboring community of San Pedro. We were very dissapointed that we had to leave the families that we had become so fond of but we also got to interact and meet more people in the area. Once we had finally started our construction of the pilas things ran smoothly and the project was a success! The people of Morazan had a strong impact on my life and have opened my eyes to the world. They have implanted a strong desire in me to continue participating and implementing projects like this. I am happy to be home but sad this trip has ended. This experience was worth every cold shower and spider in the bathroom, it was worth every ridiculously long hike and the bug bites. Anything unpleasant that happened on this trip (including my scabies which is still itching) is a tiny drop of water in a rainstorm of experience. When you leave for a trip like this you think of the physical impact you are going to have, whatever project you go to implement. I have realized that there is so much more than just the project that comes out of an experience like this. The interactions we had with the people in these communities are just as valuable as the actual projects we bring. This was a truly moving time of my life and I cannot wait to go again.