Today Semilla Nueva is in Comunidad Andres Giron on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala for another community meal meant to improve nutrition by demonstrating new recipes with more protein, vitamins and minerals. For me—and for you—however, it’s a chance to meet an extended Guatemalan family and see a little of who they are and how they live. The food SN is promoting—higher protein corn, a spinach-like vegetable called chaya and pigeonpeas or gangul—will be covered more fully in a later post.
Preparation of the food begins. Here, high protein corn is mixed with pigeonpeas and wrapped in banana leaves.
These kids read the recipes from Semilla Nueva's cookbook for me...great readers!
I am a poor guide to Mayan families so let me continue to introduce you to the family and their guests simply, through pictures:
After a while some women and girls begin to braid each other/s here, Julia being the girl in blue.
Guatemala is a “Catholic country” but from everything I can see, the religious initiative seems to come with the evangelicals. Someone counted 22 evangelical churches in Santiago Atitlan (which we will visit soon), and its not a large place. The same seemed true in Korea.
Everyone drinks from the same well. No one checks the religion of those who have come today.