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My Experience in Guatemala: Brandon

As Told by Brandon, Resident at Kokua

Monday, June 3rd.

Brief synopsis of the day:

The day progressively got easier. We started at Cultiva’s main place and saw what the boxes looked like. We ate kale then moved to their warehouse to load the van with supplies we needed. Then went to the houses, total of four to build the garden boxes and surround them with chicken wire.

What were some highlights of the day?

Smiles on faces when we finished, language barriers, and learning how to build the boxes.

What were some challenges the group faced?

One challenge was carrying the heavy bags of compost, especially at the last house, which had a big, hard walk. Not petting dogs who have fleas is another challenge.

What did you do to work through the challenge?

Perseverance and smart thinking.

What did you learn from working through those challenges?

We learned to carry the bags on our shoulders or heads rather than grab them.

Impression of the town. Sights/sounds/smells?

They live in poverty but make do with what they have.

How have you met your goals today?

Good. Staying present and communicating with Guatemalans.

Is there anything you can do better?

Everything can be looked at from another angle and we can approach each task better and neater now that we are familiar with the boxes.

Ken Huey

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself). He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015. He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.

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