Highlights of CCIDD Immersion

La Estación – a squatter settlement of families living in a section of Cuernavaca. CCIDD plans visits to 1) families, 2) a community center with a breakfast program for over 100 kindergarten children, and 3) the kindergarten. The visits with families are dialogue style conversations between CCIDD participants and the women as heads of the household with their children. Dialogues uncover the reality of family systems, education issues, economic challenge, social issues, health care and immigration from within Mexico and illegal migration north crossing the US border with great risk and cost.

GADI AC - Is a school for children who have Down Syndrome. They have 20 kids divided in two groups. The Director Obdulia Murguia is a great woman. Their main objective is to form these kids for life. They have a bakery class where the kids who are interested can learn how to prepare different kind of bread. They also have the support of other people that as professionals help them with some extra classes. They also give us the opportunity some times to go and help them with some service..

Escuela José Maria Morelos y Pavón at Jiutepec - Escuela José Maria Morelos y Pavón at Jiutepec.- A school with a lot of necessities. They run a breakfast program for the children and as it is also a full time school they also have a lunch program for the kids whose parents make the decision to stay until 4 because they are working. From 1 to 4, they have various activities like dancing classes or simply help the children with their homework.

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos ( Our little brothers and sisters) - is an orphanage which was founded by Fr. William Wasson in 1954 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Since then over 15,000 children have been raised and nurtured in Mexico and several other countries. Children as young as 2 yrs. old up through the teen years enter los Pequenos. The orphanage has two locations one for 250 teens in Cuernavaca, the other just outside Cuernavaca in Miacatlán with 600 children. CCIDD participants have tours and dialogues with the residents and staff. This is another example of community and international response to children in need.

El Mercado, the Cuernavaca market – The busiest and most picturesque place in town, the market is the workplace of thousands of women, men and children. CCIDD participants first visit in ‘a quest’of buying some basic items for our kitchen as an experience in economics, budgeting and knowing a bit of the reality of Cuernavaca’s poor. There meat cuts are carried on the backs of men from loading docks to selling stations. Multiple herbs and spices abound. Fresh fruit and vegetables arrive by the truckload daily from 3:00 – 6:00 AM.. Flowers of many types are available by the dozen. CCIDD cooks shop the market weekly for center food and supplies.

Cuentepe – A small town still conserving its Nahuatl cultural essence despite its proximity to Cuernavaca. Visits to this rural community include families, a women’s pottery group, a telesecondary school, the catholic church. CCIDD groups experience the cross cultural differences here in the state of Morelos by knowing Cuentepec.

Xochicalco, an archaeological zone – This was an important urban center of Mesoamerica, peaking from 700 and 900 A.D. In the indigenous Nahuatl language Xochicalco means ‘Place of the House of Flowers’. The pyramid of Quetzalcoatl with the principal motif a feathered serpent representing Quetzalcoatl is the main monument of this ancient city. A tour of this remarkable space is provided by CCIDD with explanations given of Nahua spirituality and indigenous reality.

Tepoztlán - A sacred mountainous village, Tepoztlán is a hub of religion and mysticism and just a 30 minute drive from Cuernavaca. This is the alleged birth place of Quetzcoatl, the Aztec serpent god. Here CCIDD groups relish the climb to the Tepozteco mountaintop pyramid, enjoy the XVI century church started by Dominicans and the vital weekend market of artisan crafts and fresh foods.

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