Hope and misery in Muisne, Part 2

Frater Benjamin Le SVD’s three-part photo essay, taken during the last few weeks of his Cross-Cultural Training Program (CTP) in Ecuador, began yesterday and continues today.

By Ben Le SVD

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Most people do not have cars so to transport produce, they use animals.

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The chapel of the community, Sal Si Puedes, literally mean “leave if you can.” This building has been condemned as structurally unsafe for use.

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The community of Sal Si Puedes celebrates Mass in a small classroom uphill from the chapel.

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The Sal Si Puedes community is one of the few active communities in Muisne. The people are very active in their faith; everyone attends and participate in functions of the church.

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These women invited me to eat at their “restaurant.” There is only one table with two chairs and a roof. The open kitchen has two burners from a tank of gas and card board to cover the burners from the wind, but the fish, Corviche, that they made is heavenly and delicious.

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Chamanga is one of the worst hit areas of the earthquake. More than 70 percent of the houses there were destroyed. It shows as we approach the town…

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…and yet hope lives on. See how the people are working together to care for each other and rebuild. The third and final installment of Ben’s photo essay will appear on Monday.

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