The Power of Integration

The people in Pichilin have told me several stories about how Pichilin used to be, before the violence. They paint Pichilin to be a beautiful, tranquil village, with lots of vegetation and big trees. They describe the village as being very large, with a booming agriculture scene. It seems to me that Pichilin was quite…

Love Where You Live

When it comes to envisioning rural life in the Global South, we tend to envision a picture of a dry, desert like place that is generally sad and a bit depressing. We often forget that behind the challenges of living in a rural community in the global south, there is beauty, nature, tranquility and fresh…

Dry Rivers and River Walks

  The Montes de Maria, where Pichilin is located, has a lot to offer. There are beautiful views, mountains and crops of all different kinds. However, there is a major problem that takes away some of the beauty. The problem is a severe lack of water. One of the ways that the lack of water…

The Value of Waiting

Waiting is hard. Waiting is a special skill- it takes patience, understanding, and time. I am going to be honest and say that I am not a person that likes to wait. It is something that I have always struggled with and continue to struggle with. However, this year during my time with Seed, I…

Dreams Within the Campo

We all dream. We have small dreams, we have big dreams, we have silly dreams, and we have dreams that could change the world. People in the city can dream, people in poverty can dream, and people in rural places can dream. Often times, when we talk about dreams in rural areas we talk about…

The Plebiscite: The Campesino Perspective

There is no doubt about it, the Plebiscite matters. It will define the future of Colombia. When I heard about the Plebiscite I naively thought to myself that everyone would vote ‘yes’. However, when I had conversations with the people in my community, I was hit with the reality that the peace process is more…

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

On May 23rd I moved to Pichilín, my new home for the next 2 years. On May 24th, I woke up in a completely new environment, context and culture with the sole task of ‘getting to know the community’. I remember waking up that day and really asking myself what getting to know the community…