Sunday, September 4, 2011
One of our night watchmen, Roger, has a couple of dogs that act as his “guard dogs.” One is an old skinny guy named Duque (meaning Duke) that barks at almost everybody, but whom no body is afraid of. This is his new guard dog, Duquesa (meaning Duchess). She is a loveable little thing who has worked her way in the heart and home of our Project Trust girls. She doesn’t even try to pretend to be a guard dog, preferring instead to sleep all day.
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:32 PM
In Bombita the morning assembly for the first few days of school was held in the covered comedor. They had a more extensive welcome with a number of teachers giving lengthy talks on motivation, behavior, and responsibility. Even with low numbers the first few days of school, they have since achieved %100 attendance for two days this week!
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:25 PM
As a part of the new Project Trust girls’ orientation, we had a team retreat at Playa Azul. The opening activity was to get people moving, and comfortable working together in VERY tight circumstances. Twister brought out the competitive and flexible sides of most everyone, as you can see in this picture.
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:16 PM
At church, babies get passed around from one person to the next, and I has been very hard to figure out which baby belongs to which woman. In the DR you see the concept of “it takes a village to raise a child” put into action. This baby was obviously over joyed to be in church that day, as most are!
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:14 PM
The second day of school was slightly better attended than the first. Still, there were only two girls in the Preschool class. The smallest girl made up for her classmates’ absence though, and out sung all of the older kids and the teachers. She is the smallest in the school but her powerful vocal chords make her presence known.
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:10 PM
The first day of school was scarcely attended. These were the only kids to attend the morning session in the La Hoya school. Many parents don’t start putting money away for uniforms and school supplies until school actually starts, so many kids don’t show up until the next week of school. Usually this courtyard is chockfull of kids each morning and afternoon.
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:07 PM
Rudy is the COPA messenger. He is incredibly trust worthy, as we send hundreds of thousands of pesos back and forth into Barahona with him every month. He will search the entire city for any object you desire, and will even do cost comparison. His son is a shy but sweet boy that comes in the mornings to collect the daily tasks. It is fun to see a dad here be so sweet with his child.
Posted by Amanda Howell at 3:03 PM