A typical day in Verde Sumaco begins early, usually around 5:30 a.m., when breakfast is served. After team members eat, they receive that day’s assignments, and then they are split into groups and head to the village to work.
One of the factors that makes traveling to the jobsite difficult is the same reason the village was so enthused about building paved pathways: the mud.
“Mud is a constant problem in the village,” said Elsa Jensen, a Brand Media Manager from Riverton, Utah. “It’s thick, deep, and hard to avoid. Because of this, the villagers all wear rubber rain boots year-round, and that causes some issues, like fungus and bacteria on their skin. The mud also breeds more mosquitos.”
The group most affected by the mud is the village children — and their parents. The muddy conditions make walking to school difficult, not to mention the mess parents have to deal with when the children arrive home. Education is very important to the village, and so building paved pathways to the school was their top priority.