June 7, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
I am pleased to report that the First Annual TLC Alumni event was a great success. Seventeen graduates returned to share stories of their successes and challenges. It was such a joy to see them again.
After many meetings, panel discussions and open sessions, all students, graduates and staff enjoyed an intense game of soccer with Dan in goal for the staff. A last-minute goal brought the game to a 2-2 tie just before dark.
With friendships re-kindled and new relationships formed with existing students, it seems likely that this will not be a one-time event.
Last Sunday morning, about 26 students and I climbed a mountain to visit a tiny nearby community, Las Morales. A horse was sent from the community to carry the load of lunch prepared for 50, handmade blocks, dolls and teddy bears for the children, clothing donations and plenty of water.
A lively soccer game commenced just after our arrival. It was a beautiful day and at this elevation of over 5000 feet we felt on top of everything.
About 11 a.m., we were joined by members of another community, Los Moscales, many of whom had walked 2 hours to join the festivities.
The students prepared a fantastic lunch for everyone and after lunch they distributed toys to the children.
I felt very proud of the sense of community service demonstrated by TLC students. Hope we will be invited back again soon.
We are nearing the end of week 7 of teaching and things are starting to move along quickly. Final lesson plans and tutoring a few struggling students in some classes take a lot of time each day.
Last night two of our second-year students made us a nice dinner and brought it to our casita to celebrate Mairyn’s 22nd birthday. (Also yesterday a new calf was born on the farm – I think he will be called Mairyn for obvious reasons!) Dinner of Quesadillas and brownies was very enjoyable.
That’s all for today. Adios from TLC!