Archive for October, 2010

Last day in Honduras

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Last day in Honduras. The task of the day was to check out the eye clinic in El Progresso on my way to San Pedro Sula. It was impressive. What dedication it must take to build a clinic, supply it with the equipment to do specialty exams and surgery and staff it. The administrator gave us a complete tour. The pediatric ophthalmologist will be there in June and the goal is to have our three children travel to the clinic to have cataract surgery during that week.

Adios los niños de El Chilar

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Adios los ninos de El Chilar

Adios los niños de El Chilar

Adios los ninos de El Chilar.
Good bye children of El Chilar…..see you in February!

A great day

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

In the country…….north of Copan. Ellen, her assistant Marel, Aden, and I visited a couple of communities/schools today.

The day was such fun, the roads were not. These communities are so poor that any small thing is received with incredible gratitude and enthusiasm. We gave out bags of trail mix and Ellen gave each child one marble (they were so excited)!

This is where the chicken house would go

Aden, the teacher at the school, is a remarkable man. My best description of him is that he is visionary. In conversation with him he said he was raised in a family as poor as the ones we were visiting. He has a plan…….three goals. We discussed them in the park……to start a Grade 7 class in El Chilar, to integrate a chicken raising component and to have an incentive program for the kids to participate. In Honduras the government supports education up to 6th grade so the kids in these rural communities have no access to schools or the money to attend if they did. I’m really interested in taking this on as a project for A Better World.

This week is shaping up

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Tomorrow I’ll go with World Vision to visit the families of the children that need eye surgery
I was invited to go to another community with Ellen where there are many concerns. We plan to investigate the teachers idea of starting a poultry project with the children and take these stools that I bought today for the Kinder that needs furniture.

They are such fun stools-sturdy and colorful

It rains and rains and rains and rains

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Now I know what it means to be here in the middle of rainy season!

I am so frustrated with cars breaking so we can’t go to the communities, with roads and rivers flooding and today with the five hour drive that accomplished nothing. We went to visit the children that needed eye surgery and the one girl was not the one with cataracts and her vision was fine…..and the other house we couldn’t get to because it was pouring rain and the long hill we would have to walk up was as slippery as ice.

I did stop at El Malcote (our first classroom) for a quick hello to the kids and teachers.

I’ve prepared for a trip with Ellen tomorrow. I’ve bought little stools for a kinder that needs furniture, and made up little bags of trail mix for the kids. Hope that trip goes a lot better than the one today.