As our project moves along, we are working hard to constantly adapt our activities to what works best for the girls, the community, and for INFANT. So far we have met many obstacles that have made working with the same group of girls quite challenging. One of the major obstacles we have faced recently is space. Where are we going to hold our workshops? There is no community center or central space to meet in 12 de Junio. Initially we had been meeting in an empty classroom at the local school, but as summer break for the students comes to an end (opposite seasons of the U.S.), this space is no longer available to us. The INFANT team themselves do not currently have a space to gather with the children when they come to the community, so it has become increasingly clear that 12 de Junio needs a community center!
In addition to space, we have been tackling the issues of time and distance. The girls have now all started school for the new year. Many of them go to different schools at different times of the day. Therefore, we aren't able to meet with all of the girls during the week. Our meetings are now planned to take place once a week on Saturdays. Distance has also limited our ability to communicate with the group of girls we are working with. Lima itself is a huge city, and it takes at least 45 minutes to get from the INFANT office to the community (in addition to the 30-45 minutes it takes to get to the office). This makes it hard to make quick trips into the community to check in on the girls and see how they are progressing on their projects. We have limited communication between the time we leave one workshop and start another.
Despite these obstacles we are moving onward or "Forging On!" as my friend Maddy would have said. Each week brings forth new challenges, but it also brings forth new moments of pure magic and inspiration.