Feb 25, 2009
Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras
All guns are ablazing!! We have a full house with all 12 boys returning from the prior year plus 8 new boys joining Project Moses at the start of this month. the Moses Project. Ermis and Reina are definitely hopping as they organize the boys into work teams to look after daily upkeep of the house, finding out who needs shoes for schools and getting everybody's health cards, etc. The new boys had one week of orientation before we launched into full classes at ETAOO (trade school), agriculture classes with Juan and junior high at Santo Domingo Savio. We expected a strike to start the year with junior high, so were caught a little off guard when eveything actually started on schedule. How bizarre!
The new boys and the third year boys are taking a 2 week class in English at ETAOO before they launch full time in carpentry and advanced carpentry classes. The second year boys have already started a 4 month welding course (down from a full year program last year). On Saturday mornings the third year boys are taking an introductory computer class. This past week we took apart an old desktop and an old notebook computer in my living room to see how everything is actually connected inside. Everybody is well equiped with good backpacks this year, thank you Mr. Cunningham, and loaded with notebooks, pens, dictionaries and calculators, they all cram into a shuttle bus to head to school each night at 5:45pm. By the time they return at 10:15pm, most are ready to hit their bunks because 6am comes awful early the next morning.
Raul Lopez is helping us out this year on Friday afternoons so that we have a bit more of a regular sports program mixed with training seminars on various topics such as leadership, self esteem, hygiene, spiritual formation, etc. This past weekend we fortunate to arrange a soccer game against another local team... who clobbered us. We had one afternoon of practice together before facing a team that has played together for some years. I didn't think that the fact that they outweighed us by an average of 40 lbs should matter in soccer, but then soccer down here is a bit more physical than what I recall as a student.
Construction on the residence at the new farm is well under way and we are hoping to pour the second floor over 60% of the building in a couple weeks. Losing a few days to rain has turned into a blessing as it has given a chance for the foreman, the project engineer and myself to spend a couple afternoons together working on proper schedules and labor budgets. Today we finally have all the paperwork in order to apply for the electricity as well. Of course, we have to contract and provide all the materials to install the lines from the village at the top of the property down to the actual residence location.
La Roca continues to chug along with Lourdes. They had their annual "Neighborhood Cleanup for School Supplies" a couple weeks ago and we were very pleasantly surprised to have a local hardware store contribute all the notebooks that we needed for the grade school aged children involved in the project. That left us with only notebooks for junior high participants plus pens, crayons, rulers, etc. for everybody. About 50 neighborhood children from 4 years to 14 years of age participated in this annual event. Lourdes even got sunburned cruising the neighborhood with her little gang of helpers.
As always, we encourage you contribute to the development of youth here in Honduras. Whether it be a $35 monthly sponsorship for a participant in The Moses Project, a major $30,000 -capital share in the building project at the farm, or sponsoring a particular need like the orphanage food production program, we encourage you to put your blessings to use to change the future forever. Check out our Fundraising Campaign or Donate pages to get involved.
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