A wonderful first week

So much to say, so little time to get it typed up! First an earth box report for Julie. Kathy and Jan discovered that the earth boxes at the primary school were getting a little too much love and attention. The kids had cut holes in the “shower cap” so that they could water around each seedling.  They were watering from the top AND the bottom. The little seedlings were in need of an ark! What the seedlings got instead was kids educated about the need for  plant roots to breathe.  The team created charts so the kids would know whether the boxes had gotten their daily watering. Some boxes  received  a week’s worth of watering in one day because multiple kids were caring for them.

The boxes had to be moved so the ground  could be leveled?  ( not sure why, but Iimagine Julie would know)  In the process, a box was overturned, which provided the team with a “teachable moment”…an opportunity  to show what happens to waterlogged plants.  The kids then painstakingly scooped up the dirt and put it back into the box.  They LOVE those boxes.

When the earth box team comes to the Kiddie Homey Day Care Center, I’ll try to get some pictures, but the short report is that all is going well.

About the hand washing…take a look.

Kids are your hands clean??? The bluriness of the photos give you a good idea of the level of activity!

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Today was an especially great day at the Kiddie Homey Day Care Center because the construction team installed the equipment that stops the doors from slamming. I have no idea what their official name is. I just call them “sanity savers”. There still is the noise from the high ceilings and the sound bouncing off the concrete walls, but those “sanity savers” made a huge difference in the sound level this afternoon!

The kids love to color, so I decided to try to get them to color their names. As you can see, they really got into it. I took the first shot before they saw the camera. Once they did, it was all over.

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Ms Frederick tells me what the different kids need to work on.  Starr and Gratia needed help with numbers, so i created a little game for them.  They liked it so much, they insisted we play it again and again. I told them to “mess up the card”, then put them back in the right order.

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And now it is time for the weekend to begin!

My crystal ball sees many bad hair days in the near future

The weather here has been beautiful-warm, sunny, bright blue skies. It IS just a tad humid, so by the time we finished breakfast, I could have passed for Albert Einstein’s older sister. I look scary, but the kids don’t care, however I suspect there won’t be many photos of me on this blog.

Today I continued my quest for the perfect wifi spot, and future volunteers, I found it! At the bar, sit on the FURTHEST seat to the right, with your right elbow pointing into the dining room. Believe it or not, a couple of seats over and at the round table, there is NO connectivity. (Phyllis, this is my gift to you.)

So, while the wifi cooperates, I’ll do a little photo uploading.

I’ve named the path to my room the “thigh master”. I took these on my way down to breakfast this morning:

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Funny story. When I arrived Saturday night,it was quite late. Knowing I have a tendency to stomp, I was very careful to “tread lightly” so that I didn’t disturb the people in the room below. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized the only thing below me was air, dirt,and grass!

These next steps remind me of the grand plaza at Caracol. When I ascend, I need to LIFT my leg to get to the next step.

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One more turn, a few more steps, and I’ve made it to the flat land.

Not to worry, though. Anyone with mobility problems is assigned a flat-lander room.

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for–more kiddie photos.

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I think little Dayna is a born model.

Michelle, not to worry. Precious’ foot is fine. She was moving around so much,it was hard to get a sharp photo. Little Yasmine still isn’t talking, but I almost got a smile out of her today, and we still have another week to go!

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My wine is a callin me…tune in tomorrow for more beautiful faces.

Greetings and thank you to Team One!

I’m so glad that some of the members of the first team found my blog, so I’m pleased to provide great news. The hand washing education, at least at the Kiddie Homey day care center, was wildly successful! The kids wash frequently, proudly and enthusiastically. I’ll try to take a picture before the end of my service, because it is something to behold. I had brought bottles of liquid soap with me and when one of the kiddies spotted it, she insisted that she needed to wash her hands. They are also quite fond of hand sanitizer. So Team One, savor your success. Michelle, I’ll take a closer look at the dispenser tomorrow, and will also check on Precious’ foot. I haven’t had a chance to work with Yasmine yet. She was out today, but if she is in tomorrow, I’ll get to her first thing.

I love the way Miss Frederick works with the kids. She reminds them every morning in song that they are”more precious than gold”. I’m hoping to get that morning song memorized before I leave.

Julie, if you have any questions about your project, let me know where you worked and I’ll check with those team mates for an update.

At our debrief tonight, the primary school team reported that the children were learning to write letters and could choose the recipient of their letter. Several opted to write to the January Global Volunteers, Vickie and Linda. Here are some verbatim quotes. “I loved how you treated me”. “I wish you could come back to see how I wash my hands”. Warren is going to try to get the letters to Vickie and Linda, but Julie and Michelle, if you are in touch with them, please let them know that they made their mark.

Today I found the wifi “sweet spot” by the pool, settled in with a glass of wine, thinking that I
would no longer have to sit in the reception area whenever I wanted Internet access. My success was sweet, but oh so brief. Oh well. I might not have Internet access by the pool, but at least I have my glass of wine, and cool water, so life continues to be good.

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