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The Rain that is no fun at all

July 22, 2008

Kristi has been volunteering with Empowerment International for almost 3 years now in various capacities. Up until a few weeks ago, she had never seen the work being done first hand in Nicaragua or Costa Rica. Yet, listening to the stories and experiences of everyone involved in this organization, she felt that this was an effort she wanted to be a part of. She recently had the opportunity to visit the project site and this is what she would like to share…

After the rain falls

After the rain falls

It’s about 6pm and I’m sitting in the EI office watching the rain come down. It’s so loud; I’m struggling to concentrate.

If I didn’t know the rain was pounding down outside, I would think that a train was running alongside me. I am inside and dry but the homes in the barrios have no escape from the heavy blanket of rain. It comes in anyway it can and does not care what gets in its way.

Imagine…lying in bed, it’s the middle of the night and you have a visitor. Only this visitor is a stream of water soaking you completely as it navigates its way through hallways and rooms. Eventually, filling each room it reaches, leaving inches of water in its place.

For many, this would be a disaster, but for those living in the barrios it is just another day. Many sleep on dirt floors, waking up not just in mud but in mud that contains all you live with (and I mean everything…ALL your waste) – yeah… not so much fun! But it may have been a better day; maybe it missed a few spots or only lasted a couple of minutes, instead of an hour or more.

How would you get ready for school or go to work the next day or get to an appointment that you can’t miss? It wouldn’t be so easy, most would need to sort things out. Your mind might be only thinking of how to remedy the situation at hand, so it is cleaned up and doesn’t happen again.

But, for those living in the barrios, that is life and there’s no stopping it. Would you need support to make it? Would you need someone telling you “get up and do it again, you can make it, don’t give up!”

Teaching the importance and value of education is important, but perhaps, more importantly it’s simply giving a child the will. The will to know, the will to see ahead, the will to believe that they can make a difference.


– Kristi Rutledge, Volunteer (CO)


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