Hello! This is Aideen and Ana Chavez, here to talk about our latest adventures in Guatemala. On Friday, we boarded the bus and headed to Guatemala City. Little did we know, this day would be filled with life lessons, awareness, and appreciation. First we went to Catholic Relief Services where we met with some individuals who informed us of the work they are doing, ideas they have for the future, and how we can help. Although the program was founded to provide assistance to ease poverty, they have transitioned into creating programs on nutrition, agriculture, food security, and more. It was really interesting to meet people who have devoted their lives to helping the citizens of Guatemala.
After Catholic Relief Services, we went to Hospicio San Jose. On the car ride there, we all had a heart to heart conversation that allowed everyone to become more aware of themselves and each other. Hospicio San Jose is a center for individuals, particularly children, with HIV. Many of the children here do not have families, but it was rewarding to see how great of a staff they have there that do their best to make the center a home. In Guatemala, having HIV is considered shameful and is looked down upon. After taking a tour, we got to play with the kids and enjoy the afternoon. This experience was extremely eye-opening and put things in perspective for us. We were amazed and glad to see that the children there were so happy, despite some challenges they have overcome at such young ages. Friday was definitely a day that will stay close in our hearts as we continue this amazing journey in Guatemala.
This morning we went for a hike. It wasn’t too long, but it was still a work out! However, the view was worth the exercise. We had a lot of fun taking in the beauty of Antigua and relaxing. After the hike and showers, we went exploring. We had a delicious lunch at Mono Locos (Crazy Monkies) and enjoyed our time together. We can’t believe that we have less than a week left in Guatemala, but we’re definitely going to make the most of the time we have.