Yesterday I got the chance to visit CLI’s new piece of land in Tecuanípan. It is the source of new inspiration, direction, and dreams for the team in Mexico and for all of those abroad who helped make the purchase of the property possible.
When we arrive at the plot we jump out of Manuel’s truck bed and walk for a few minutes in the shade of some trees to a field set high on a hill. We look out over a valley of peach trees, rolling countryside, and newly-ploughed sod, flecks of green and the occasional avocado tree marking shady spots where horses are grazing. Beyond that is the ‘Monte,’ a magnificent quarry of dark volcanic rock where many of the men from Tecuanípan cut stone. And directly behind the ‘Monte’ we gaze up at its creator, the volcano Popocatépetl, and the wispy column of smoke issuing from its crater.
The land will be home to Community Links’ center. This will be the place where volunteers and visiting groups stay, and where local residents will be able to share ideas with students and help develop projects to better the community. At this stage, we are envisioning possibilities– How will the buildings be designed? What sorts of materials will be used to erect them? Who will be involved in construction? Creativity, function, community involvement, and the natural environment will all be considered in this process. Community Links is thrilled about the pace at which things are happening and our supporters’ excitement in this project. Contact us to see how you can help!