Location: La Carpio

Our last couple of days working were those of our creation. As a group, we decided to travel back to La Carpio for service in the neighborhood. Our initial plan was to paint what we called a dream mural where we would engage the citizens by asking for them to share their dreams with us and paint them on the wall. However, the weather did not permit a mural. Instead, we decided to build bunk beds and carried cement blocks to a woman’s home to help build a wall. Although building a few things in a home only helps a few people, those few people are part of a community. That community is part of a bigger picture. If people are happy in a section of a community, then at least some sense of hope is being created to ultimately shine on that bigger picture. We aim to help, and even if it only affects a few, we at least made some change and helped out someone other than ourselves. And in that sense, taking a step back at our effectiveness was like a mural. The smiles on the families faces just from a couple of wooden beds made a difference in their homes and a bright spot in their community.