Friday, June 16, 2006

Tree Day

La Jem celebrated tree day on a small hill in Cuá, with a wooded forest on one side and the sad view of the landslide on the other. (Cuá lost 46 people in this landslide during the hurricane in October. For more information, read my post on Cuá). Two days before, I had stayed over in Cuá to prepare an artistic component to the event. We created informational and artistic banners to hang on the trees, and later, during the event, we read poems and I led a theater activity, which was a huge success. There were about 60-70 participants, crammed on this tiny hilltop. It was a beautiful day, filled with original music, spoken word, laughter, a raffle, and a filling snack. Most of the tree nurseries were heavily damaged during the hurricane so there were only a few symbolic plantings. The young boys in the last photo are toting around the trees, looking for some good spots.


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