Lori and I were too tired last night to blog...or for me...to even read email. We have had 2 full days again. Yesterday and today we left El Hogar for field trips. Yesterday we went to the Technical school. When the boys finish 7th grade at El Hogar, they choice a trade and continue to the other El Hogar areas. One option is the Technical School where they go to learn either welding, electricial work or carpentry. They spend 8-10th grades there learning the trade of choose and then leave at about age 16 to be on thier own... The Technical school was about an hour away and we spent the morning there and lunch. The money donated to El Hogar goes to the any of the 3 El Hogar projects. El Hogar where we are staying (grades Kindergarden through 7th grade), The Technical school or the Agricultural school. Wednesday we went to the Technical school and today to the Agricultural school.
Agricultural school is over an hour away and this is where the kids learn the trade of raising animals or farming. The visuals throughout the ride especially today were very eye opening....the poverty is unbelieveable.
Both afternoons we returned to shovel MORE dirt...including moving dirt from one part of the building over to another side via wheel barrels and a lot of man/woman power! Both nights we then went out to play with the kids. Last night after showering, Lori and I went to play soccer...holy crud...these boys put our kids to shame with their foot skills, no training, no uniforms, no shin guards and old ladies on thier team! I needed another shower after.... Tonight we spent time coloring with some of the young boys. No way was I playing soccer again... my clothes smell bad enough already! Thank goodness I have enough underwear and socks!
Enjoy the photos below! Miss you all and can´t wait to share wine and stories with you all when we come home. We are forever changed! We can´t believe tomorrow is our full day here and our last night to play with the kids.
Randy Moss was here???
Alexander and Wilmer drew Lori and I pictures...most of mine walked away with another child.....butI did manage to keep 2 to take home. The boys in spanish wrote on our pictures "Thank you for coming to El Hogar and thank you for playing with us, but can you write us please."
A few pictures from the Agricultural School
So these baby cows came from artificial insemination right...well this jar on the right...That´s where the bull´s genes are kept....If you know what I mean....
"Apples....and Bananas...." ok...no apples
From the car we saw a few street side markets. Carlos Costli, number 13 is the Honduras Soccer team star...Hoping to buy them tomorrow from a market area we are going to.
Pictures from The Technical School
Working with electricity...Mark and Mark with some of the cabinets the boys in welding made.
Classroom at the technical school
Does Paul Anastas know what this machine is?? I bet he does....
These boys do their OWN laundry...how do we teach our kids to do that???
Mike Statkus would be so proud! The boys wanted a basketball court built before they had a dormitory built. However, The Chicago Bulls??? Go Celtics!!!
A puppy pet....
The large Coffee Plant roasting beans we could smell in the van!
Overwhelming views of poverty... and millions and millions of people
It´s no wonder the boys are happy to be at El Hogar.... tomorrow we actually go on a home visit to see first hand where some of these boys come from....
Diane and Lori xxoo
Diane and Lori xxoo