Jan. 18, 2020
Good day friends and family!
We hear many of you may be getting ice or snow. While it’s been a bit cool here this week in the mountains of Honduras, it’s not like at home! Some rain showers and wind but sunny and warm much of the days.
We have had a very busy, somewhat intense second week in classes with the second-year students. They have a lot of homework this weekend. The parade of students seeking extra help is wonderful.
Chris has her class researching and writing papers on various topics. Research on the internet is always challenging here- and we did lose power for three days. Apparently a fallen pine tree in another nearby rural community took out more than just wires.
My business students are doing pretty well. Understanding basic financial statements and transactions – just enough to evaluate profitability and breakeven points has been challenging this week. The girls work very hard to understand and are always asking for extra practice problems. In my class we talk about having an entrepreneurial mindset – not just for business, but for life.
The Arise Ministry Team from George Mason University departed on Tuesday and a team of 13 (11 students and 2 faculty) arrived from Lafayette College. This new team is very interested in sustainability projects and has been spending time in the finca planting rows of corn. They are also doing interesting seminars with the TLC students.
Most of the Lafayette team has been getting up at 6 a.m. for wake-up Zumba dancing in the salon. (I am sleeping.)
Yesterday the Lafayette team participated in “English Cafe” with our 18 first-year students. A fun close out to the week. They were doing three-minute speed dating interviews. Trying to learn as much as they could about the other person in three minutes. Fun and very noisy.
One of the first-year students, Merary, had sad news late yesterday. Her uncle – who was like a dad or older brother to her- died at home in some unusual way. We took her off campus today and she will spend time at home next week.
This week we are feeding 60 on campus; 38 students, staff and the team. It’s a lot of meals. The food here is modest but nutritious. Slowly the girls are coming around to more vegetables. But frijoles, broccoli, eggs and tortillas are staples. We are hoping to harvest Tilapia next week. They make some fine eating.
Today’s lunch was outstanding. Picture at right is of the girls eating fried chicken and tajadas (fried plantain slices) and watermelon juice. Everyone cleaned their plates to the disappointment of the campus dogs.
Chris is working with many girls in the sewing room. Second years are making quilted blankets and first years are knitting hats and making scrunchies (whatever they are).
Off now to some games in the soccer field. The students have prepared some games and fun activities for the team.
Thanks to all of you for your support.
Blessings from Honduras,