Friday, March 26, 2010
We heard from Alecia that the kids did make their flight, just barely, but they all made it. They are now on their way home. CO 426 from Houston, according to the website, is on time for an arrival at BWI at 11:32 p.m. Great news!
This will probably be the last blog update so we want to say thank you to all parents for supporting this wonderful program. Once again the kids did wonderfully and thrived under the care and leadership of Alecia and Jean.
Thanks, do not hesitate to call with questions.
World Leadership School
We just received a message from Alecia that said the students flight was 2.5 hours delayed leaving Belize City. They are rushing to get through customs to make their next flight that leaves at 7:25pm CST. We will update the blog with information as soon as we receive it. Please call 303-679-3412 with any questions.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today, day seven, was our final and most challenging day. We made a lot of concrete today by hand, and spread it by hand as well. What does this really mean, you may ask? First, you must make a pile of gravel. Then, you add concrete powder and mix it. From there you make a center in the middle--much like a well. I do this when baking biscuits (my only previous reference). Next you add six buckets of the water that must be brought from behind the school and start turning it over. And over and over. And over more until Luis tells you it is ready. Or maybe Trinidad. From there, you load it into a wheelbarrow and slide over to where it belongs and dump it. Then, you smooth it out in 5 different stages. Every single student did this today, for hours. Some community children also chipped in! All I kept thinking was that their mothers would be so mad when they saw their uniforms all messed up.
In addition to laying concrete, we finished a sink, finished painting and laid some linoleum.
For several hours, I (Mrs. Berman-Dry) was in the school's technology lab. Almost all of the computers were nonfunctioning. So, I provided technical support and got them ALL working, as well as installed four new software pieces that I had brought for them. The teachers had asked for reading software and keyboarding software. We obliged! Later today, I invited all the teachers to come to the lab for lunch break and four students helped me to show then how to use it all. They also had a new printer that I installed for them, as well as three laptops that needed to be fixed. Part of me felt bad that I was not shoveling gravel, but the other realized that they NEVER get someone to fix things at the school. So, I should use my real gifts in the best possible way.
Now, we are done. I feel a bit sad. As I was fixing the computers, students would randomly come visit me and inquire about my work. They would play with my hair and lean against me--so full of love. I'll be sad to leave them, even though we are headed for the sandy beaches of Tobacco Caye in the morning. Only three days left!
Our first stop at the zoo was at the Tapir enclosure. Some people got to feed them and others stood far away because they can pee backwards 10 feet. Then we stopped by a couple of other animals. Then we came up to the jaguar, Junior Buddy. When he was a baby, his mom rejected him, so the zoo took him and hand raised him with a bottle. The trainers taught him a couple of tricks, such as doing a somersault or walking around a tree obstacle for how old he was. Everyone got to touch his huge paw. One of my favorite animals at the zoo was the Speckled Owl. There were two in the enclosure. They made a sound that sounded like an old man laughing. Back forth they were talking or “laughing.” Towards the end of the trip, Mrs. Smedira made up a joke saying, “And here in front of us, we have the rare Buses domesticus. Make sure your careful not to upset it so you get bitten.” Then everyone got on the bus and we went back to Monkey bay.
After breakfast we went to La Democracia to work on the kitchen and dinning hall. While there I helped work on plastering the back wall of the dinning hall. It was very hard at first, but now it looks great. Before we left, we distributed the gifts to the students at the school. They were all really happy! After we had dinner we went to the zoo.
Monday, March 22, 2010
We have both been so very impressed with the persistence and dedication our students have shown in the face of real, physical labor that would stymie even seasoned American laborers. Here, there are no cement mixers--it's done by hand! Not single person complained about their jobs and we worked through hot weather!
We hear the dinner bell ringing and are very hungry, so we're signing off here. Tonight is the Belize zoo tour at night. More tomorrow.
Mrs. Smedira and Ms. Berman-Dry
Katie = Today was a fun day. Early in the morning we went to the school in La Democracia and painted and repaired the dining hall. Soon after, we took a trip down the river in our canoes. As we entered the Monkey Bay facility, we were greeted by another surprise. A kind man working there had gotten 8 coconuts down from a tree and was cracking them open for us. Later we had dinner and a book discussion with an activity too.