This last Sunday, we had the opening celebration of our new community nursery. Over 100 people came from all over the Aguabuena area to see what we were up to and participate in our naming ceremony. We had good food, a beautiful day, and a disco dance party to end the night.
At first, we were worried that no one would show up. We go to so many meetings where only 3 people show up when 4 are needed to make it official. It is part of the "si Dios quiere" (if God wants/wills it) culture. When we invited people, almost everyone said, "si Dios quiere". Which usually is a "suavetico" way of saying "probably not". But apparently God wanted people to come. Over 100 people came, some walked for hours to get to the part.
The idea behind our nursery is to make it a community run project. We had a special naming ceremony to help create this sense of community. Everyone wrote down an idea of a name for the nursery, and we voted by applause on the best name. It is now Vivero Pueblos Unidos (Nursery of United Villages).
The party was a great success. It feels good to know that the community supports our project. Sometimes we wonder what people think of us in town. This goes to show that at least the hundred or so people that came to our party support our project.