Thursday, August 7, 2014

Visit from the Dragons

For several days this past July, The Río Negro Project was pleased to host 11 high school students and three instructors from the Where There Be Dragon's cultural immersion program.

As part of their month-long tour of Guatemala, Dragon's participants visited the Pacux Sustainable Agriculture and Cultural Restoration Center to learn about the youth program and meet with its director, Cristobal Osorio, his assistant Pablo Sanchez, and several students involved in the project.

(Demonstrative Field School)
After learning about the Center's objectives - along with the history of the community - the group spent the morning in the garden, weeding, watering, and receiving informal lectures from local participants.

Students explain the sustainable flower production program

(Diversification of Food Security)
Pablo Sanchez, Center instructor and Rio Negro massacre survivor
Local youth Luvia Sanchez Osorio explains to Dragon's instructors the sustainable flower project and the need for a new well, which busted this past Spring.

"To continue our success with the demonstration garden," says Luvia, "as well as the production of flowers for seed and sale in the market, we need water during the drought season for irrigation."

As part of their commitment and dedication to the critical work taking place at the Center, Dragon's students initiated a fund raising campaign in order to raise the necessary funds for a new well.

Please visit this site to learn more about this exciting campaign!

For more information about the Center, funding and visiting opportunities, please contact me directly at or by phone at 619.922.2996

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