The Village I drive for has about 300 people. There are more cows than people. It was cold and foggy today. There is no electricity in the school, no heat etc.. but the kids get a hot meal once a day. Can you imagine sending your children to a school without power, heat etc.. ? I am very proud to get to be a small part of this organization Feed the Hungry... 'we' feed 4000 children a day... amazing!!! Help is always welcome. For only $125.00 USA you can feed one child for a year.. When have you spent so little to make such a difference?
We had a great Thanksgiving. Four of us plus ONE.. went for dinner at our favorite Hamburger place!! :-) Anna could not be with us because of a serious health issue so we took her image with us... and we had a great time feeding her hamburgers and fries... she loved the wine and chocolate the most!!.
Guatemala is a beautiful country and I really enjoyed my visit. I do plan on going back soon as we were unable to see much because of the rain storms and mudslides. The country was hit hard and Antiqua was cut off from much of the country. Was not to hard to spend all the time in that beautiful city!!! Very very upscale city... I was surprised.
I so hate getting over bronchitis. One minute you can do anything and the next you are laid out trying to catch your breathe.. sigh.... this to will pass and I am so much better today that I feel like I can see the end of the road. Hopefully back to my studio next week.
My Gallery mates hung my new show for me this week. I want to thank them for taking care of this senior citizen!!!
"My" kids were waiting for me and very excited... they had made me a gift!! They wanted to thank me for driving and for taking and giving them photographs for their school book!!
My little camera has died.. so I could not get a picture at the school but here is a picture of my gift. It is currently living in my studio.. it so makes me smile... Who knew you could have so much beauty from an old soda bottle!
Driving for Feed the Hungry started again today. There was a short break for Easter and Spring vacation.
FTH has a new location for pick up... wow wow... you drive in one end of a large warehouse and out the back in... one stop and you have all the food for your School.
I drive to La Pamilla a little less than an hour drive from San Miguel but an entire different world!
Today 'my' kids were having a Mothers's Day program! All the mothers, grandmothers and younger siblings were sitting at the little desks while their children sang to them. I could not help but watch the faces of the mothers. They were so proud of their children . One of the very young mothers was crying as she watched the performance. For the last song all the children handed there mothers a red carnation and a big hug. It was a great way for me to start my morning!!! Here are a few pictures of "MY " kids...
This is the road in front of the school... Like I said a different world!
Last Thursday I was invited out to 'my' school for the Spring parade. MY school is the one that I drive to for Feed the Hungry. I was so happy to be invited and spent a couple of hours with the kids and my friend Ezchwan hiking up and down dusty roads. Twice we had to move to the side of the road to let the traffic by... in this case the traffic was made up of goats... oh and one pig...
I was honored to crown the Spring Queen... so incorrect in the USA but an honor here!!
Loved the experience and can not wait for next year... oh and NEXT year everyone will get a spring present.. not just the queen and her court.
Today is Tuesday which means I got to drive to 'my' school for 'Feed the Hungry'. The younger children are usually out for recess when I get there. They have let me play 'Pato, Pato, Ganz" with them... or otherwise known as Duck duck goose!! Last week I took a picture of the game... this week I shared the picture and they were so excited. As a special treat I got a tour of their 'garden'... and class room.
The garden only has cilantro right now... but I think I may perk it up with some radishes... they grow fast... I also got a tour of their class room. Check out my pictures... they are so cute!!!
On Tuesday morning I drive for an organization called "Feed the Hungry". The group feeds 4,000 students every school day!!! These are children from the poorest of the poor. Often this is the only meal they get in a day!! To get that meal they must stay in school.
Up until today I have been a driver on call. When needed I was sent to different school each time. ALWAYS an adventure!!
Today I got my very own school. It is the smallest and the poorest that the group supports.
The school is in a tiny dusty poor village called La Palmilla. The roads are washboard at best and the dust is overwhelming. Directions to the school include turn at Abarrotes Lopez, take the split to the left between two other stores etc.. you get the idea!!!