This week we had the annual Rio Clean Up Day and what a success it was! Hannah and I made posters to promote the event and put them up at the school as well as the local store. We met at the Cancha around ten and had a great turn out! All of the kids, as well as the adults were excited and eager to get going on cleaning up their beloved river. A lot of the valley crew and directors came out to help as well. It was great to have so many different groups to come together for a common goals. We picked up a ton of trash and with a brand new soccer ball used as a motivator, the kids were scrambling to see who could pick up the most trash.
We successfully filled up three barrel trash cans as well as a lot more trash that we put into bags. We taught the kids and people of San Miguel the importance of dividing the trash into trash, glass and plastic so that recyclable items could be picked up by the appropriate pick up crews. The soccer ball was rewarded to a great family, all of whom attend our English summer school classes each week. They were all a great help and such hard workers in picking up all the trash.
Overall, this event was a huge success in cleaning up the river and bringing together the San Miguel and Kalu Yala community!