Ohana Student Travels to Chiapas, Mexico
From the beginning of my Entrepreneurship class with Amavida, I understood the creation of Café Pura was to raise funds to travel and give water to the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, but the extent of what was awaiting me was unfathomable. This experience was beyond what I could have ever pieced together in my head. From the very moment we hit the ground at the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport in Chiapas, I knew I was going on a journey of enlightenment. During our cultural trip, I was educated on the lifestyle and struggles of the indigenous people, the history of San Cristobal de las casas, the purpose behind the Zapatista movements or “good government,” as well as, the Mexican government. The most memorable and heart wrenching experience for me was our excursion to Acteal, a small village north of San Cristobal de las casas. Upon arrival we were greeted by the sweet village children and were invited to sit and listen to a few locals tell us the story of the 1997 Acteal Massacre. Here, they explained forty-five woman and children were murdered by the paramilitary while praying in their local chapel. Although the chapel isn’t in use anymore, it still stands. To walk the grounds and see bullet holes in the rock walls bring tears to your eyes.
In return, this experience humbled me; it gave me a new perspective on the blessed life I have here on 30A. Now, I consciously think about my actions and strive to respect and appreciate everything and everyone in my life. Most importantly, it opened my eyes to the passion I have for social entrepreneurship. I hope to continue my education in this field so I too can carry on good works in this world.