It has been a busy few days for Friends of Alalay here in the UK!
On Saturday, I was interpreting at an International Womens’ Day event in Bristol and was able to speak with Guisell Morales-Echaverry (the Nicaraguan Ambassador) regarding my work with Bolivian street children. We also discussed an innovative new Nicaraguan TV series called “Contra Corriente” (Against the Current) which has been aiming to air social issues in a way in which they can be openly debated in all levels of society. Many of the issues with which it deals are hugely prevalent in Bolivia too, such as sexual exploitation of minors, domestic violence, poverty and so on, and it was useful to share ideas. Read an interesting interview about the programme and its aim in Nicaragua here.
Then yesterday we visited the brilliant Ellbridge Quail Farm where we spent a long time discussing the challenges of raising quail with owner Tattie Steele-Mortimer. Tattie was a mine of information, and hopefully armed with her knowledge and expertise we will be able to achieve even more with our quail project at Alalay.
Finally, I received a very warm welcome at Victoria Womens’ Guild, Keynsham, where I spoke to their group and answered a number of questions from the ladies. It was fascinating to find out about their own experiences in developing countries many years ago, and their continuing passion for supporting charitable organisations. Many thanks to Pat and the rest of the ladies for their kind words.