So yesterday was our first full day in Fond Tortue. Our day started bright and early with a rooster call and the noises of the busy village. We ate a delicious breakfast and then took a walk through the village for the first time. Fond Tortue is beautiful to say the least! We were able to greet and have short conversations with people while on our walk and explore other areas of the village.
After our walk, we had the opportunity to attend a meeting with the board of KDB (Kafe Devlemen Baradare). We saw how they conducted business and learned about their mission and vision. After our meeting, we were able to see one of the coffee nurseries and learn about the long, hard process of coffee production. This gave us a new appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making a cup of coffee that we take for granted.
For the rest of the evening, we had some down time. We went out into the community and met a large group of kids playing. Even with the language barrier we were still able to communicate in other ways. Most of our conversations consisted of just smiling and laughing, but that was just as meaningful. We spent hours singing dancing, talking, and playing games with them. It felt great to connect and be a part of their community.
We can’t wait for the rest of the week and for everything we are going to experience!