As part of the environmental education in the
project, we made two activities to celebrate June 5th, the
global environment day, in Almolonga. We arranged a reforestation
campaign, and a drawing competition for those not big enough
to plant trees on their own.
All the 10 schools in the village participated
in the drawing competition. The theme was "What can
I do to improve the environment", and we received,
naturally, a lot of green drawings. The works from six
finalists from every school will form an exhibition during
the Almolonga summer holiday in the end of June.
Almolonga, despite its fertile soils, incorporate some housing
areas which are in danger of landslide during the rainy season,
due to steep hills, mud and scarce forestation. With the help
from 140 college students and 15 military soldiers, we planted
somewhat more than a thousand trees around the valley.
No arrangement with that many people involved, however, will
ever take place in Almolonga without some speeches and a white
band to cut. So there I was again, this time with the mayor
and the head of the Quetzaltenango army