|My first few shots of P. Burgos|
Manpower was a huge issue at the beginning of the project. It troubled me. But volunteers started coming in and we began working at an impressive pace.
Four months after the official start of the project, we finished deploying our 40th CNU - which housed the 20,000 coral fragments that will be used for restoration.
|Our babies are growing well, thankyouverymuch........|
|Growing too heavy in the nursery|
The road wasn't always smooth. Three months into the project, my volunteers were detained and I was called in for questioning at the Police Station. Apparently, some people thought we were collecting corals for illegal trade. Questioned and interrogated for over an hour, I began to understand how things work in local communities and how you can never take politics out of the equation.
|Smile while in detention. =)|
Over time, I have learned things that I never would have learned if I said "no" to this and chose a comfortable job in the city instead. I understood how precious family time is. I was away from the Energy Ball 4-5 days a week and I learned how to make the most out of my little time with her.
I found the courage to travel alone. Cross seas, go on long bus rides with no one but me. I learned how to ask for help when I needed it. I learned how to smile at people I did not know. I experienced the kindness of many strangers.
And finally, I met people that I will never forget and made friends that I will cherish for a lifetime.
To the Project Staffs and Volunteers of Project 7, my prayer is that you will not stop here. You've been trained, honed for a year on this skill. Make use of it. Share what you've learned and I'll see you on the road again, one of these days.
And before I forget, thank you for making this year one of the best of my life.