We started the day back at the Obra Rural Metodista, the offices for the rural work. Pastor Pedro Grandon described the extent of the work they were doing and highlighted some of their limitations and hopes for the future. He showed us a room fitted with a dental chair and equipment. This had come with a mobile unit from
Another project they have started is to support women who weave mats and clothes. They help the women to access better quality wool and give advice about weaving techniques that lead to better quality products that are more saleable.
In a field next to the rural office is the frame of a building built with the support of a Volunteer in
Today was the Chilean National Day, with flags hanging from most buildings, and parades and festivals in most towns. We went to watch the festival in the centre of the nearby town, New Imperial, which included a parade of children from various schools and day centres. Leading the way were the youngsters from the Methodist Day Centre in the town. We visited the centre which is next to the local
From New Imperial we travelled out in to the countryside to visit the primary school run by the
The school also has classes for adults, helping many with literacy skills.
After our meal we watched the children showing us both traditional Mapuche dancing as well as Chilean dancing that has a very Spanish style. Tug-of-war and sack races completed the afternoon’s festivities before they started the long journeys back home. It was wonderful to be able to share in this special event.