This week has been productive and eye-opening. We have been speding our mornings in the rural school. We do our puppet show, then we do a craft with the kids, then we sing and they sing. After lunch we visit Flor Azul, where the teenage boys live. We've been offering English classes and teaching art and geography. We've alse been playing lots of soccer, doing a little hiking, and just hanging out getting to know the boys. The students have bonded with the kids and have made friends. They have been using their Spanish and teaching the boys English. For me it has been great to see the kids I know from previous years here. I love all of them and they make my life richer.
Poverty is endemic in Honduras and everyone we meet is desperately trying to survive. The hope is that the kids will study and get ahead and hopefully have a better future. For some of them this works out, but for the vast majority there is no hope of improving their situation. If we can offer some help and guidance to a few of the kids, perhaps their prospects will be better. In spite of this the experience of coming here and working with kids is joyful. The kids are all cheerful and don't ever complain. They teach us so much more than we can teach them.
We have a very poor and spotty connection here so I will try to post photos when we get to Catacamas on Saturday.
Keep checking back here and we'll keep posting about our adventures.
P. Sagasti Suppes
The students and faculty who traveled together to Honduras for a service-learning course wrote about our adventures on this blog, both during and after our travels.