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Friday, May 12, 2017

Leadership in Raistá

You have heard the sayings before.  Behind every good man there is a great woman.  It takes a village to raise a child.  A bird in hand is better than two in the bush.  Well, I'm not sure if that last one fits, but you get the point.  Success is determined more so by the collective output of a team and not necessarily the achievements of a single member.  

As you might remember, I talk about Pastor Willington online quite a lot.  He is a remarkable fellow, speaks several languages, and manages over a dozen different churches.  He is a nice person and always has a smile on his face.  He is also the lead community agent in charge of developing an extension of AHMEN's Community Empowerment Program into Raistá.

What I haven't mentioned as much as I should are the people rallying around him to make his dreams of developing a system of continuing education in La Moskitia a reality.

I would like to introduce you to my friends Darwin and Marcia from MAPAWI and the local Centro de Salud.  They appear below leading talks on lung disease in general, tuberculosis in particular, and also nutrition.  While there is not tuberculosis to speak of in Raistá, the disease continues to worry many.  Darwin says regular informational sessions help alleviate some of the local anxiety surrounding the lung disease.  Marcia finalized this year's talk by reinforcing the need for cleanliness in the community to prevent lung disease by serving produce from her family garden.  Marcia told her students that just like our gardens must be maintained to keep them fruitful so too must our communities be kept clean to maintain community health.

If you would like to work with the community agents of AHMEN's Community Empowerment Program, step aboard.  Would you like to work in the mountains of Yorito, the urban environment of Jutiapa, the Caribbean seascape of Cusuna, or the jungle town of Raistá?  Either way, AHMEN needs your help.  Contact me here, and let's get started today.

Together, we are the difference.