March 11, 2019

Day 4: An Adventure with Fresh Fruit

Providence 2019 HANDS Team:

Apologies for inactivity. Yesterday was Sunday, so we all rested from work and went to the Christian Reformed Church by our work site, and then to a waterfall. 

Today, however, was much more exciting! It started off with light drizzle, but then the skies turned to sun which beat on our backs as we laid more and more bricks. Today we finished with the walls, and hope to move on to more things tomorrow. We took frequent breaks throughout the day to play games with the children, who were back today. After the work was done, however, was when things really got interesting.

The principal of the school, Luciano, took us through the paté (a Dominican village) and to his farm, where he grows cacao, bananas, passion fruit, melons, and guava. As we walked to his farm, he told us the interesting history of the pâté: the pâté used to be a sugar-cane farm, but was redeveloped after gold was found in the mountains by the pâté. 

We then followed a path to his farm, which was guarded by wild-pepper plants which Todd and Allison had the misfortune of tasting. As we were going into Luciano’s farm, we got to try raw cacao - which, surprisingly, is purple inside. It tastes a little like melon and banana, but is a little like very dark chocolate when you bite into it. We then followed Luciano into his very large farm, and got to try his fresh banana, guava, and passion fruit.


Mar 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm


Great to read about your trip and activities. I hope it is all working for the benefit of everyone involved

Keep up the good efforts.

Have a great day

Cor Hoff

EduDeo Staff
Mar 12, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Glad to hear that its not all work and no adventure! A very well deserved day off and I hope your days's continue to shine in every way!

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