Day 686 - Volunteer Service - Texas Brigade

Our fourth and final Texas Brigade took place the week of March 2, 2009. The students from University of Texas Austin, finished up the plant gallery in Panama City, visited the women's group in El Valle and bought the first ten pots. We had one full day in the community. In the morning we made totumas, sharpened machetes and several of the local guys helped make traditional sandals, called cutarras. Some of the women helped make a traditional lunch of arroz con pollo. After that we had a workshop on receipt keeping. The last event was buying the first round of pots. Then we headed back to Panama City. Thursday they had the pre show event. Four community members came to the event. This was the first time they got to see where their plants would be sold. It was a fun night and it was exciting to see the gallery in working order. Here's a link to a video made by Toniel about the night. The next trip for UT Austin will probably be next January. The students will pick a new project and community to support.


  1. Anonymous4/19/2009

    The gallery looks amazing. The potted arrangements are beautiful. Must be nice to leave a touch of Foy and Jeff in Panama. Can't wait to see you guys back in the States!

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