Written by: Lynnaya Preuss
Fall 2022 Intern Community development Team Intern
Persevere, praise, and pass it on.
These are the words that come to mind when I think of Doña Dilenia and Doña Jenifer— two women from the community of La Grecia whom I had the joy of visiting during my time as an intern with Amigos’ Community Development team.
On a weekly basis, Dilenia and Jenifer each welcomed me into their homes to continue our conversations about progressing towards a goal: keeping themselves sufficiently hydrated, utilizing their reliable access to clean drinking water to benefit their health.
No matter who we are or what we set out to accomplish, implementing change in our lives has its difficulties. For both Dilenia and Jenifer, one challenge they faced was how their body reacted when trying to drink amounts of water that they weren’t accustomed to. Also, transitioning from not being mindful of to proactively and consistently reflecting on how much they were drinking throughout the day was trying at times. What was required to overcome— to surpass or master these two obstacles – was perseverance.