The first day voluntary work, organized by Che on November 22, 1959, commemorated in Granma
Mailenys Oliva Ferrales
Granma | November 22, 2021
It was the first massive voluntary work day that, under Comandante Che Guevara’s leadership, brought together campesinos, construction workers, those from a shoe factory in Manzanillo, and others to build an educational center where 20,000 children from the Sierra Maestra would study.
From that day on, Ché would lead the mobilizations, every Sunday, to cane fields, coffee harvests, construction projects and other tasks, a practice that would be extended across the country.
Sixty-two years after this memorable day, young people in Granma – committed to keeping its legacy alive – participated in a productive day working in cane fields, coffee plantations and other agricultural areas.
Likewise, the Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) led a mobilization on different productive fronts in the mountainous municipality of Bartolomé Masó, principally in community clean-up and reconditioning of schools.