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My Experience in Guatemala: Isaiah

As Told by Isaiah, Resident at Kokua

Thursday, June 6th

Brief synopsis of the day:

I had a good night’s rest, then in the morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day and finished our last 6 grow boxes with the Cultiva team while meeting and helping amazing people along the way! Ending the day with a big dinner and lots of laughs.

What were some highlights of the day?

I would say some of the highlights of the day for me were when we knocked out 4 grow boxes before noon. Also getting to spend time with some of the people who live here in Guatemala and share cultural experiences. Most of all though, the biggest highlight of the day was telling Juana why I was actually here and my experiences along the way

What were some challenges the group faced?

Some challenges the group faced was that we didn’t have everybody available to help build grow boxes. Also the heat and availability to really cold water was struggling but we managed and made it through.

How did you work through those challenges?

I just thought of how hard I was working and impact of my work on the families as well as focusing on myself.

What were some things you learned by working through those challenges?

I learned that things are going to be hard sometimes but I need to focus on what’s important in my life.

Make some connections between what you have done and what lessons you will take home?

I will take home internal and external positivity and use it in my daily thoughts.

How have you done meeting your goals today?

I did great with sharing my goal and I completed my goal with sharing my life story with at least one person.

Is there anything you can do better?

I can start to work better on my anger issues and patience with certain people.

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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