This past year our goals were to get our foot in the door--build significant and meaningful relationships, set a foundation based upon trust, and of course implement beneficial programs for community members. Transitioning into year two we will continue forging new and maintaining old relationships while shifting a large emphasis onto evaluating current programs, expanding programmatic offerings, and finally emphasizing sustainability.
Yesterday I watched as two of our new PD arrivals wheeled their suitcases into their homestays and it surprised me how overcome I was with emotion. I don't get much instant gratification in my line of work, but knowing that all our hard work will continue into year two in the hands of an equally motivated, enthusiastic team, means to me that we did something right.
Kat, Hudson, Karen, Ginny, and Jared--you are MPI Guatemala. Thank you for driving this year's success with your passion and enthusiasm. Finally, a HUGE welcome to Kelsey and Cameron (Emily, we saved a spot for you)!
Cheers to year two,