Archive | August, 2021

Read and Learn about Haiti

15 Aug

Root causes of Haiti’s problems (NPR):

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/11/1014967337/the-historical-political-and-social-conditions-that-led-haiti-to-turbulence

The relationship between Haiti and US histories (New York Times guest column):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/opinion/haiti-us-history.html

Days 3, 4, and 5 – Campamento 2021 was a success

1 Aug

The Sisters, the Aspirants (young women who are considered pre-candidates to becoming a nun), the Hogar alumna, and community members came together to have an enjoyable camp for all – including us watching from here!

The last three days were: excursion to Santo Domingo, a regular camp day, and then an excursion to Pueblo Viejo (“Old Town”) and a party.

Thank you all who’ve supported Campamento!!

Peace,

Ann

Day 3 Santo Domingo

National Botanical Garden

Day 4

No pictures – Woman at the Well

Day 5 Pueblo Viejo

The town that is now known as Pueblo Viejo was the place where in 1504 Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, the conqueror of Cuba, founded the colonial town of Azua de Compostela. It was named in honour of one of the first Spanish settlers in the area, Don Pedro Gallego, a native of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain. The first part of the name is derived from the local Native American name for the area. The old colonial city was destroyed by an earthquake on October the 16th 1751. The settlers of the area moved further North, near the River Road, and established a new town in that area.

Wikipedia

We visited Pueblo Viejo many years ago and it is fascinating to contemplate the more than 500 years of this settlement. BTW the settlers moved north to found Azua after the earthquake.

First – a stop at Bon for ice cream

Final Party