But it was on our drive back from visiting the school that we stopped at one of the, one of the poorest homes within the incredibly impoverished community.
This man Arielle, his home was maybe 200 square feet, walls built of various materials, a tarp for a roof and the dirt as his floor.
And he was the happiest man when he saw Alanna and Jen, and they were there to bring him his children's school uniforms beause you have to wear a uniform in school in Nicaragua.
And he wanted to share with us his animals and his home.
And he would call the Tynan sisters, his angels.
And it was then that I could recognise the impact that they have had on so many individuals within Nicaragua and the communities that they've been helping.
So, I'm sharing this story because it represents to me what The Latitude Project is, whether it is building roofs, latrines, well, pumps that are safe for children, schools, water filters.
They also have provided the first health care program for hundreds of families that had never had access to it in their life.
Jen and Alanna have inspired and empowered every individual they work with.
They don't enter these communities as saviors, but as partners and friends.
And they always ask, like they said, the communities, what they need, and then they together with the people build that.
There is no imperialism.
And just to witness the gratitude these communities have for the sisters has been the greatest gift and encouragement.
The Latitude Project builds not just physical structures, but hope and pride.
And at our event tonight surrounded by all these storytellers, I believe that there is a story worth telling and what EMA does so well and uniquely is strongly encourage and educate our most powerful storytellers to use their voice and power, to spread the word of unknown known stories like the latitude.
I'm going to read what I wrote actually.
So, the real-life superheroes, like the Tynan's who fight the daily fight to help contribute to this planet we all share and all the people with whom we share it.
And so, in the name of that spirit of making our planet a better and more sustainable place, I'm very proud to accept this and I'll try to justify it, and your faith in me.
So, thank you for having me here tonight and allowing me to take this clumsy time to honor these incredible women.