February 5, 2010, Friday
Today we debriefed after our meeting with the Council of Elders of Santo Domingo Barrio Bajo Etla and discussed peacemaking with Etla. Later on this morning we met with Carlos Placensia (INSO) who is in charge of health concerns with water. He gave us a brief outline and agenda for the Water Forum at which Stan, Rick, and Nelly will present on Friday, February 12th. The forum is structured in a way that everyone has a voice. It meets approximately every two months. This one commemorates the 25th forum. It has continued and survived many administrative changes in government, unlike many institutions in Mexico (or the US for that matter).
In addition to the Forum, there will be a guided tour of the Botanical Garden, the venue for the Forum, associated with the Santo Domingo Church. In this garden, there is a nursery for the rescue of endangered plants especially orchids of Oaxaca.