Today was a toilsome, though an exciting and fruitful day. The day began at same breakfast place as the previous two days: China Palace (real name unknown). The Chinese woman who runs the restaurant continued to entice us with her cordialness and warmth. She served us flour or corn Panamanian tortillas with eggs. After our wholesome breakfast, we traveled to the Akua-Yala community to distribute more water filtration systems and rice boxes.
The Akua-Yala community is composed of an indigenous group named Guna. This group is nationally renown for its Mula artwork and beaded art work. First, several toy and clothing items were distributed to the community's many children. The children eagerly seized the our donated toys and giggled with delight. KSU Rotaract volunteers then sorted out barrels and catalogued the barrels according to a certain ID (barrel number and year distributed). Next, recipients were taught how to properly use and maintain their barrels. During this process myself and others were concerned that the recipients would not listen properly. Our team then was divided into teams of a single person to help recipients install the filtration systems in their homes. This process was more difficult since many members of the Yala community spoke Kuna instead of Spanish. Consequently, we had to rely on sign language to communicate. Once the water tanks were installed, Rotaract members distributed rice boxes to food recipients. During this process, we were bewildered by the large number of children clinging on to us. Some were even ready to jump in the van and ride with us. In addition, our team saw exotic monkeys. One was heavily chained, with its claws stuck together. We were in anguish at the deprived state of the monkey and we even said we would go to great lengths to save it. After stating farewell to the Akua-Yala community, our group ate a late lunch at a local Fonda, or cafe. The meal was a scrumptious plate of lentils, rice, and chicken. Filled the spot after a day of hard work. When the team got back, we relaxed a little at the Chapo fire station before grabbing dinner at the One Way cafe.