As much as I thought I would have time every evening to blog away, time never seems to be sufficient here with BRP. This week has been really wonderful, truly enjoying the company of my staff here. Having the time to simply take my time day by day and sit and chat with everyone was most definitely long overdue. I am very proud to say that we have officially registered BRP here in the Dominican Republic and we also opened our first bank account! This may not seem like a big deal, but here in this country it was truly a moment I have worked so hard to achieve.
So...BANANA MILKSHAKES....Yesenia introduced me to homemade banana milkshakes this week and they are AMAZING!!! Everything seems to taste better here with fresh fruits, freshly prepared food, fresh juice, and now I have added fresh banana milkshakes to my list of MUST HAVES!! This week I have spent entirely with Yesenia, and everyday I am constantly reminded of how AMAZING this girl is. She is the hardest working young girl I know and she loves everything about BRP. I am so excited to see what her future holds and to help her become the natural born leader she is meant to be.
My construction staff from Bombita spent the week at our offices, which was great to spend time working and chatting. Not only did we manage to completely remodel our offices to suit our future needs are a fully operational NGO, but we managed to organize all of our materials and evaluate our resources. I will be posting some photos of the offices next week when everything is complete and I don't want to spoil the surprise for our support team who arrives tomorrow! :)
We hired 3 new staff members this week, after a round of interviews we have 3 new young men who I believe are a great addition to our team. I am excited to work with my team over the next two weeks and welcome our team of SCAD students on the 3rd of December. BRP has proven against all odds to be a unique and family oriented organization here in Barahona. Our team consists of passionate locals who love the work of our organization and the impact we have upon our families. It is truly amazing to be able to change a life within a week and for our staff who live locally to see how we truly do make dreams come true.
Tomorrow arrives some of my most amazing US team members; Misha, Miranda, Katelyn, Jakob and last but not least my husband! These individuals not only do I call my friends, but my BRP family and the glue that holds everything together. As we are all volunteers running BRP, it will be amazing to have the next week to ourselves to truly enjoy each other's company and work on strategic planning for the future of BRP. We will also be joined by a fellow Nexus member who I met this past summer in NYC. Jakob is an inspiring young man who I hope to get to know over the next two weeks and I am excited to share the work of my organization and the hopes and dreams for the future of modular housing construction.
I will bid goodnight to you all as I have to drive 4 hours tomorrow morning at 6AM and Yesenia is now falling asleep. I managed to find Harry Potter on the television, but I am not sure she knows what a wizard is!!
Buenas Noches, Katie x x