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By Axel Gumbel

Blog: Day 5

Playdoh station for our kids with special needs Playdoh station for our kids with special needs
Jennifer and Jennifer at the craft station Jennifer and Jennifer at the craft station
A typical hardware store A typical hardware store
Machetes are always in stock Machetes are always in stock
Field trip with our special kids Field trip with our special kids
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Tuesday was kind of a low key day. Well, at least for me. I am sure our therapy team would say the opposite. They had another great morning with the kids. They work tirelessly on new activities and have developed a good routine and also rapport with the kids now. After they arrive around 8am, everyone sits in a circle and introduces themselves, which is followed by a song or two. Then it's on to crafts, the playground or other activities. Both new girls, Marilin and Solita have been regular visitors. However, we have yet to see Alex and Kensie. Word is Alex will not come at all this week, as his parents are apparently very shy and embarrasses about his down syndrome. And I am not exactly sure about Kensie. But as I mentioned yesterday, her mother may be sick.

The afternoon was rather quiet around the Children's Home. When the kids are back home from school, they usually eat and then do chores and home work. Everything is very laid back. You might find one boy studying his dictionary next to a goat, while a girl may be doing laundry at the wash basin. Early afternoon is also generally siesta time. And since it was another scorcher, I was looking forward to a little nap.

We still have power and water issues. Dilia says she already complained to the mayor about the unreliable water supply, especially when she has guests like us on the campus. On the bright side, the power went only out once last night, and only for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately it happened right during movie night, when some of us watched "Chicken Run" with the kids. Dago is well equipped to do these things. He just rigs up a DVD player to a projector in the church building and shows the movie on the "big screen".

Dago, Jeff and I went to the hardware store to buy some supplies to fix the power supply in the missionary building. That of course was in everyone's interest after a hot night without fans. If you check out the photos in our photo section, you can see Jeff and Dago working on the power box. I don't remember what that's officially called right now. Anyway, they found about 5 fried geckos in there, so it's probably the equivalent of a squirrel causing a power outage in the U.S. I am not sure if Jeff and Dago found a permanent fix, however, we have a series of extension cords connected and all of us have access to running fans again.

As for the hardware store, that was another sight to see. Seems like private home construction is a booming business here. You can buy bags of cement and bricks everywhere. And since there probably isn't any sort of building code, anyone can do it. I already posted a couple of pics from the hardware store in the photo section, I believe.

We spent the rest of the evening preparing for Wednesday's activities with the DS kids. One thing they made was a booklet showing hand drawn facial expressions, food items and other things, like buildings and objects. It's meant for Diana, the girl, who has CP. She isn't very vocal, so the idea is for her to be able to point at different pages in the booklet to express how she feels or what she wants. I was very impressed seeing our therapists spending so much time on this. They are all so dedicated to this cause. It's great.

So all in all another great day around here. We're all used to a certain routine now: breakfast in the morning, work with the DS kids, feeding program for kids from the community, lunch, siesta time, prepare for next day's activities, more siesta time, dinner, and more siesta time. Maybe I should clarify that siesta time also means do-what-you-want time. The girls went and checked out the town yesterday, for example, while others played with the kids, who live here. Everything is just really relaxed down here, as I am sure those of you, who have been here know very well. I wonder if Hondurans have a really low heart attack rate.

Well, I'll post this now. I'll have to see if I can add some more photos. I've been having trouble with facebook since yesterday. It crashes each time I try to upload something.

Blessings,
Axel

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