Archive for the ‘Copan Ruinas’ Category

MY FIRST DAY IN COPAN (March 20/2017)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This is always a planning day for me. I now have a list and just need to plug in the visits into the days I have here……then arrange transportation. The El Chorreron School where we bought materials for a roof sounds like an amazing community. Telma attended the celebration for the new roof and seemed very impressed. She says the parents and teacher are a very organized and involved in the school. It sounds like a good community to invest in so I plan on visiting.

This is the mug they made me and gave Telma to give to me when I visited Copan again. It has photos of before and after the new roof on it. As always I am humbled by the gratitude of a community when I really did so little.

These children will no longer be rained on inside their classroom

OUR DAY WITH ROSARIO (GUATEMALA)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

My impression of Rosario is that she is a leader of leaders. She was raised in one of the communities that we went to yesterday, has a background in social work and may or may not be a midwife. She runs a clinic in a town near Quetzaltanango which has the goal of quality care for less money than the private clinics charge……and to avoid the public system which apparently will kill you if your disease doesn’t.

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Rosario seems to be a leader of leaders. She is the initiator and glue for the women’s groups that she has started. There are 15 rural communities that have formed women’s groups. The women who choose to be involved come together to form a group and choose a president and secretary. Those groups then have an elected council who monitor the community groups. They then have had access to various projects like more efficient cook stoves, latrines and water filters. They also have some sort of a micro loan thing and the families can then have access to a cow, pigs, rabbits for their own use or to sell to supplement their income.

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INAUGURATION of the VEGA GRANDE SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

As we arrived the kids came running down the hill to greet and help us. We arrived to a crowd of people…….everyone from the community, education and government officials, TV crews …..

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There were speeches and presentations

There were speeches and presentations

And tamales

And tamales

And cake

And cake

And dancing

And dancing

And best of all, piñatas!

And best of all, piñatas!

THIS LONG AWITED DAY ARRIVED. INAUGURATION DAY IN VEGA GRANDE

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

It was over a year ago that I first went to Vega Grande with OSCAR to see the makeshift school…..4 poles and a roof. Yes! Vega Grande needs a school! Give me a proposal. The materials would cost around 5000$ US and the foreman another 500$. The community would commit to all the labor, the local govt. would commit to supplying the land. Saul wrote up the proposal on behalf of the community and I said OKAY….Let’s build a school.

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This is the day of the inauguration and we’re getting ready to pack up.

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A 40 minute drive took us to the place where we had to go on foot through the fields and over abridge and up a hill.

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Day 1 at Carizalito – October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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First step was to ask to see some of their work. We read, they read, we saw Math and Science assignments.

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Games are not something these kids have ever seen. We brought Candyland, and Jenga, and a Memory Game and Floor puzzles… broke them into groups and divided ourselves to supervise each station.

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Lastly… a snack. It’s a lot of suitcase space to haul bags of Trail Mix but worthwhile to give these kids some nuts and raisins rather than local cookie snacks.