Tina: "Wow, I can’t find the right words to express how I felt when I first found the land for lo tuyo. It’s such a small green paradise, just lovely, and established only about two month ago on a wild tropical field of fast growing pasture – it’s unbelievable. Yuca (manioc), corn, beans, sugar cane, pumpkin and many other little plants in the meantime happily grow on lo tuyo – as if competing with each other.
While I’m still astonished, Hanna and Luc (7) are constructing a wooden table, without any instructions, spontaneously. Hanna, discovering her talent of being a carpenter, then decides to also make a garbage can with the leftovers. Luc in few words explains to me how this works: You can do whatever you want. At lo tuyo everything you do is great.
The week ends with a wonderful door, which now decorates the entrance to the house on stilts, as well as a beautiful wooden floor that definitely stabilizes walking on a floor two meters high off the ground.
Eda and Hanna have now said goodbye for a while and I’m here on my own, but actually I’m never really alone. José, who always has a project he’s working on is always there, helping me out any way he can. Tito and Miguel continuously beat nails into hard wood, and in the nice tiny village of Las Lajas there is always somebody to talk to. And if anybody asks me what I’m doing here I just borrow some of Luc’s idea… everything that’s great for lo tuyo.
Tina studied Geo-ecology in Germany, with a focus on Tropical Forestry. She is now helping out on lo tuyo and doing an incredible job. Thank you so much – and thanks to all the other helpers on lo tuyo that made the project to what it is today! Wow; I am so awed.