Me llamo Morgan
Today began like all other of my days so far here. My 3yr old sister yelling about something, giggling and laughing, with her two brothers in the backround hushing her. She´s a peach and I am fully planning on stealing her and bringing her back to the states with me. So, I woke up in my bed, clean and well maintained like everything in the house from the kitchen to the boys (I have two brothers, aged 13 and then took one of the coldest and quicked showers I have ever taken. I don´t know if I ever will get used to geckos running up and down the shower. I scarfed down some type of meat, salty but tasty, rice (of course), and some french fries, just not quite the ones were used to in the states. All my food is made by my grandmother, who is a great cook and deals very well with my struggling spanish.
So at 8, were off, not too early considering we go to bed at 830 and wake up to the many neighboring chickens at 5. Our plan for the day was to went to visit our potential job sites for the next two weeks. Our first stop is El Chile, only 45 minutes away, but on a road that I am quite positive was never intended as a bus route and soon became the bounciest ride I´ve ever been on.
Our first stop is the house of a scholarship student sponsered by Planning Hope. He has a large number of brothers and sisters and his house is currently covered by a plastic tarp filled with holes. His walls were made of clay, sogging cardboard and wire. Experiencing that as much as we have lately is extremely sad and makes one truly appreciate what they have and have taken advantage of in the past.
The second stop of the day was the children´s school. Last year´s team painted the entire school and this year we will be installing a water storage facility for them. Its a great project and badly needed.
Throughout our trip there the kids were great photo subjects. Extremely sober at first but opened up when Jay and I started taking photos. They were so thrilled by the site of a camera and their own picture. It was extremely refreshing to have such honest enthusiam.
Our next stop was the women´s weaving co-op. We ate lunch packed by our families and watched one of the women weave. There are 8 women that work at the co-op. A rarity in a place where very few women work outside of the house. They do great work and I picked up one of their bags as proof.
On thing I noticed was that the view from everywhere in El Chile was breathtaking and sad. There is a lot of deforestation and all of the livestock seem to be starving. Pretty sad.
Our last stop for the day was Susuli highschool. Santana brought us in and we had the opportunity to play soccer and frisbee with the kids in front of the entire school. Kind of daunting. The kids were great, but I was extremely suprised that our team won. The girls were great at frisbee and got really into it. We had an English class with some of them, and then a couple of the kids sang songs in English for us. Can´t lie but I kinda felt like an animal in the zoo,we were the object of much . We went back to the very long bumpy ride and sang alot of songs in Spanglish... It was hilarious.
But, bed early after that, we have to get up really early tomorrow morning. Hasta mañana.