Today we were supposed to take a tour of the larimar mines and go to the beach. However due to rain in the morning we made the decision to postpone those activities until Friday since we are very ahead of schedule on building the house. Instead we decided to bring over some of the children and women from Milton so that they could bathe, get new clothes, and eat a meal. These women and children will be part of the new Batey Girls initiative providing resources to the women in the Bateys. This was the first shower that any of the kids had ever had. The two little boys loved it whilst the two babies and the little girl cried through it all.
After eating all together we split into two groups of eight so that we could rotate between learning about the craftsmanship of larimar and just staying at the hotel. At the workshop we were given the opportunity to shape and polish our own pieces of larimar which were then given to us as a necklace. The workshop was incredible since Alejandro had jerry-rigged many different machines, such as a car motor, in order to be used for crafting the larimar.
Back at the hotel we went and took gorgeous pictures of the families of Milton from earlier on the beach. After saying our goodbyes we went and had dinner and came back for our debriefing meeting. The meeting that night was full of emotion with many people sharing the impact that this whole experience is having on them.
Bye for now,
Kelly and Mansi