It was cold, that chilly kind of cold before the sun announces its appearance with bleak streaks of light. Dressed in sweaters and scarves, our all-girl team of four set out for San Martín Jilotepeque. We left this early to beat the traffic and to have an early start because we knew we had a long day ahead of us.
The wall at
the Escuela de Educación Especial (School for children with special
needs) was ready for us. The cinder block wall was neatly stuccoed and ready
for some colour. In accordance with the director of the school, I had made a design
about social inclusion with a focus on respect and acceptance, something that persons
with special needs still struggle with in rural Guatemala.
It was a
tough job! Despite January being the coldest month of the year, the heat was
relentless. The white wall reflected the fierce sunlight and heavy traffic was
thundering along, right behind our backs. The cones that the friendly traffic
police had placed on the road helped a bit to keep us safe but didn’t do much
for the exhaustion fumes. It was so bad, we all opted for a facemask, despite the
heat! And to top it off, some workmen started opening the road right next to
our wall. The noise, the heat, the dust and dirt made it a tough day’s work.
to San Martín Jilotepeque was in the planning anyway, because with the Dutch
foundation Colour4Kids we’re fundraising towards the construction of a much
needed second level at the school. As soon as we’ll have raised the needed
funds (donations are very welcome!), the construction can get started. The
first thing to be built is a ramp leading to the first floor. In order to do
so, the outside wall will be raised a bit and this part needs to be painted
too, so I’m going back no matter what. Hopefully sooner rather than later!