“When I arrived in Darien, Panama, 29 years ago I did not know how to take care of the land,” explains Auristela Hernandez as she sits on a bench at the Pastoral Center of the Maryknoll Sisters.

Auristela, a member of the Guna Yala people and of the center’s team has learned from Sr. Joji and others how to create a healthy environment and how to do that together while being centered in God’s love.Recently a group was visiting the center after attending World Youth Day in Panama and Auristela had a message for them.

She said, “I tell the young people that we will continue today and into the future, fighting to conserve the land and care for it. This is what’s most important, and to learn from it because we have to do it ourselves. No one else is going to do it.”



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