Today has focus on the immigration issues on Guatemala. We when to talk to one of the speakers from the Casa del Migrante, which he received us with a snack and water. He presented a powerpoint on the history of la Casa del Migrante and how they are doing now. The powerpoint was straight forward, but the part that stroke out to me was not the powerpoint but the letters that the people that stay there and left. They were raw and showed true appreciation toward the people that welcome then and help them go back to the real world. Our spoken person also told us that there was also those people that were ungrateful such as the case was with an ill guy that stay with them for a whole year and when it was time for him to leave. The ill guy sue them for trying to kick him out and the instance they went to court, the ill guy was sent to the street so that he can find other helps or jobs. These people try there hardest to be hospitable and I just feel this action is unacceptable even stealing from this group that barely gets any money from the government.
The second part was the saddest part, we had to said good bye to Ellen, one of the staff, and Martin, our driver, since we were going to Xela for the other part of the programing. Ellen share many stories with me about some of the cases that she work with NISGUA. Some of her bitter sweet favorites was her first community that she had to observe up in on of the mountain in Guatemala. She initially had trouble getting used to the high attitude and the contaminated water but she got use to the attitude and customs there. After some years, she was getting connected to the people, but that was the devil in her work that ones she gets close to the community, she must end and move on to another community, because her role is just an observer that can not get to close to them. The moment she felt welcome by the community, was also the day she had to leave. It did break her heart that after all those days with them, she would not see them again, but she knew that this was her duty. While in the other hand Martin has a family with two son, one of which is also named Martin. He was a Barcelona fan and read law books so that he can one day become a lawyer. He also had fun jokes to tell us. It has only been four day here, but I really got to connect to them and I’ll miss them.
Some thing off topic, but still relative is the shower condition here. The way showers work here is that there a tank of water being boil so that there can be hot water available. In some occasion it takes more than half an hour for that water to be ready. I had to take a shower and I’m not sure whether it was me just being inpatient or the boiler not working, but it had to take one cold cold shower. After having my head in straight cold water, my head felt nun that I had to pull my head from the water. I have not experience this unavailable of common wealth resources not accessible since I was thirteen or fourteen. I’m done with the shower today but two more of those experiences await me. Until then I can not wait for what Xela has to offer.