Well I am back in fieldbase and trying to catch upon a few retrospective posts, but we have been so busy and so much ha happened in the last 4 weeks difficult to remember all. Plus fieldbase a mix between very quiet and manically busy but organised chaos.
First days in Pozo Azul… walking into the community it was very quiet. The Cabecars are very shy, they pretty much stayed hidden in their houses with just a couple coming out to meet us and show us where we would be staying. Pozo Azul village is nothing like an English village… for starters it is very scattered and mostly invisible in the jungle. Where we were staying had just 7 houses with an average 10 minute walk between them. Even when we met the familes we would be staying with they pretty much kept themselves to themselves. The kids were very shy and we occasionally saw one peeping round the door at us. After a few days we did get to chat more with them, but even at the end of our stay they were friendly but still quite reserved. We added another 30% to the core village population with our venturer project team and a whole lot of noise. Pozo Azul is spread over a much wider area than where we were staying. Pozo Azul in Cabecar means Blue Pool which is in the river and perfect for swimming, when it hasn’t been raining the water is a very clear bright light blue. Beautiful. Pretty much where we spent every afternoon cooling off after work.
The Cabecars used to live in traditional “ju’s”, but now all live in simple wooden houses, there were 2 new ones recently built. The team were split into 3 groups each staying in a different house. Living conditions good but simple. No electricity or running water, toilets a long drop, often filled with scorpions, lots of spiders and the occasional snake.
This is Sinforiana’s house, she is 55 and one of the oldest people in the village. It is her 4 children, their spouses and 21 grandchildren that make up the core of the village where we stayed.