Friday March 25, 2011
Hello to all! After a refreshing night’s sleep, we were up early and excited for the first day of work at Vallecio. The students had a breakfast of eggs mixed with peppers I think. Of course, all of our girls matched this morning wearing their Irish work shirts and styling all their hair the same! Even in Honduras our girls look cute! The ride to the village was on very winding and narrow roads, but never fears parents, Carlos our bus driver is the best! Vallecio is not but about an hour away, so the ride went by very quickly. We all enjoyed waving to all the children going to school that we saw along the way. When we got to Vallecio, we parked in what appeared to be their soccer field, so immediately we had some happy people in our group to see that the village had a place for them to potentially play some soccer with the kids. Some people of the village had gathered, but it did not take long for there to be many more. The best thing was when the school teacher marched all the children down to greet us. Then there were several speeches of thanks from different leaders of the community. Then we all grabbed either a pick ax or shovel and followed Angel (the project engineer) down the road to see where he wanted us to start digging. The dirt was dry, the work was hard, but with the help of several very strong Hondurans we made a lot of progress.
One thing was that some of the boys felt sorry for the Honduran kids helping and already gave way their work gloves. As I was scolding for this I then found out Nick had also given away his sunglasses. This was all in about the first 30 minutes of working. I found out today that we have some very soft hearted boys in our group! We got their gloves back…don’t worry moms! Everyone pitched in and worked very hard. The students are already attached to several of the kids. After work, we were served lunch at the village church. We had corn tortillas, rice, a potato salad type dish, and fried chicken. The best was when they sliced open watermelons for us!
Next was back to the compound for our 1 minute showers. We were out of water for a while, but eventually everyone got cleaned up. The students went to the park to play with the locals. There was soccer, bubble blowing, jump roping, basketball, and cartwheels by Devin!! We are now about to have dinner now. Please know that everyone is doing SO well. The kids are great. They are having fun, behaving, and contributing so much in every way. You should all be proud! Please Please leave us comments!!! We miss everyone!
This just in: Stephanie had a bite that was just treated by Frank by the juice of a poinsettia leaf!