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La Cruz de Santana, Dominican Republic 2010

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University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, The Community of La Cruz de Santana

I wish I could articulate how amazing the experience in the Dominican was. It frustrates me that I can’t put it in words. Every time someone asks, what I tell them is completely inadequate, just a skeletal shell of the whole trip. It was full of those tiny moments where you feel deliriously happy for no particular reason; moments where you realize you can’t stop smiling, where you know with great conviction that this is what it is like to be truly content.

What astounded me the most was the unconditional generosity of the people we met. The people of La Cruz de Santana welcomed us into their lives with completely open arms. One of the most profound moments for me was during our last night in the mountains, a lot of the older members of the community would just come up to me and hug me with a huge smile on their faces. Despite the huge language barrier, I felt immediately accepted as a member of their community and the assurance that though I may never see them again, I have made a positive impact in their lives–just as they have left me with a lasting impression.

These are people whom I respect immensely for their strength, their generosity, their love of their community and family, their pride in what they have and their unconditional willingness to share even though we come from somewhere much more privileged. We are deprived in such a different way and most of us don’t ever realize that. How do you foster that sense of community?

What does it mean to go to a different country and to build a house? It’s much more than the physical construction, it’s an opportunity to take part in a sense of community building, both literally and figuratively. It’s the opportunity to create new networks between groups of people who would otherwise not have an opportunity to meet. It is the realization that when we leave, we leave knowing that we have left behind brothers and sisters.

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Written by greenseamonkeys

February 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Posted in Travels

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  1. amazing~!

    Paddy

    February 25, 2010 at 10:39 am


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