Travelogue of Fern’s visit to Guatemala for the purpose of advancing the Water for Life project for Chajmaic, Guatemala (page 5)
December 19, 2018: Visited residential Catholic school/greenhouse project today
) to see the greenhouse project that Federico (the other agrónomo) designed for the school.
The photos here are of plants that have grown for the past three months. The nun, Sr. María Rosa, told us that it’s a form of therapy for the children to work with the plants. And, the two boys were asking Sr. María Rosa the names of them as we went along our tour.
This is a video of her explaining to the young boy the name of the plant (“aselga“): https://bit.ly/2A72tlf
Aselga means Swiss chard, that epazote is a medicinal plant, and that violeta means African violet (not just a regular violet). They sell flowers for income for the school. The entire garden is organic. They don’t use any preservatives. And, Antonio plans to replicate that in Chajmaic.
It was incredible to see tiny fruit plants bearing fruit and tiny pine trees bearing pine cones – enormous for the size of the plant! Here’s an apple tree, and attached is a photo of a pine tree (with Ricardo holding the pine cone):
There were plaques with the school’s philosophy throughout the campus. For example:
The famous quote from Ben Franklin:
“Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll remember, let me practice and I’ll learn.”
“Dime y lo olvide, enséñame y lo recuerdo, involúcrame y lo aprendo.”
And in the cafeteria:
“Hope is the richest food for the soul.”
“La esperanza es el alimiento más rico para el alma.”
And, at the entrance:
“The most beautiful human task is to be useful to the next person.”
“La obra humana más bella, es la de ser útil al prójimo.”