March 27, 2012

Day 8 - Meetings, Painting and Preparing to Say Farewell

Abbotsford HANDS Team:

Today began an hour earlier for Gerry and Roy. They were invited to a Nicaragua Christian Academy Board meeting to share what is happening at ACS. They are working at developing a more innovative and engaging curriculum and pedagogy in their schools. Upon returning to the Nehemiah Center at 9:30, there was time for a quick change of clothes and off to Centro de Fe. While the ACS and Centro de Fe students started painting the metal beams and supports in the school, Gerry filmed two students from grade 2 who led us on a tour of the school, showing the Preschool to grade five classrooms, the computer lab, the library, the indoor play area, the outdoor play area (the street in front of the school where Alison and Roy had played kickball with the grade fives last week) and the temple where assemblies are held as well as church on Sunday. Then we had another delicious lunch of chicken or beef with rice, beans, fried plantain and salad. After lunch the students continued painting while Alison, Gerry and Roy met with Sandra and Jorge to discuss the partnership in its current form, and its future. It was exciting to talk about the possiblities. We then returned to the Nehemiah Center for an amazing meal of chicken with vegetables, creamed cucumber and onions, beets, rice and beans. In additions to our nightly devotions, we wrote cards to prepare for saying good-byes tomorrow. It is hard to believe our time here is almost done. We have formed some strong friendships and had incredible experiences.

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