One of my favorite places to visit is Chakawaya. It’s a small community that is about a two hour brutal hike from Mocomoco. We had to pause several times, just to catch our breath! When we arrived the other day (Diego, Flora, Sylvia, Aida and I), and had a wonderful celebration, with three baptisms, we were joined by people from a community in a neighboring parish (Chuma) that is without a priest. It was nice to have the chapel full!
Today, Diego, Flora and I went to Oruru — a city about four hours from El Alto — to buy school supplies for 600 kids! The money for this comes from a generous annual donation from a group in Spain. It was a nice sunny day, we spent about $1,600, and enjoyed each other’s company. Tomorrow, I head to Humanata for Mass and baptisms (usually about 25-30!), and then on to Wilacala to meet with the the catechist and the Director of the High School about doing some group tutoring in Math the same day we do catechesis. I’ll hit Mocomoco by late afternoon.
In the next few weeks, we begin construction on two new formations centers: Ingas, in the valley section of the parish, and Calacala, which is up on the altiplano. This is thanks to your generosity! Diego heads for Spain this weekend until early June, and Flora will take alternate weeks off in May, so I’ll be working with Sylvia, Aida, Lidia and Santiago — our four volunteers, and managing the construction projects. By the time Diego gets back, I’ll be good and tired. But I won’t be alone — Flora is always a phone call away, and Cyrille is “right next door” in the parish of Italaque.