My Colombian experience has been so far so good. Time flies and it is now over three weeks and I have gathered lots of experiences since then. I have been travelling back and forth between Bogotá and Fúquene in the past fortnight. My task is to communicate with three local communities or their representatives with regard to the needs of the communities in relation to waste water. These settlements, namely San Miguel de Sema, Saboyá and Cucunubá are situated in the vicinity of Fúquene, each within a 30 minute drive from the other. Data collection which mainly entails census data of these communities are to be collected and then analysed along side our proposed constructed wetland project. This is to ensure our proposal accommodates to the needs of the three communities without causing any detrimental effects to the environment or the livelihood of the communities.
Prior to the third Fúquene trip, Felipe (my partner in this project), Sandra (a colleague from Fundación Humedales) and myself made a trip to assist the local community in Fúquene set up Christmas decorations at their little handicraft stall. Their craft are made out of water lilies obtained from the Fúquene Lake (Laguna Fúquene). It was amazing as they were overjoyed with all the Christmas decorations ranging from the quintessential Christmas element – the Christmas tree, Christmas lights, table runners and all the other minute details which brings a sense of festive cheer to the local folk. Putting a smile on their faces was the best thing I could have ever done on that day!
On the downside, I sustained a cut where I was domiciled in Fúquene from a protruding door latch left ajar. A flu then followed and I am on the path to recovery as I blog. Nevertheless, everything I have done, lived, experienced and more has been absolutely fantastic. One I shall cherish in years to come.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates. My sincere apologies for any delays in blogging due to the limited internet accessibility in Fúquene.
Till then, take care!