March 25, 2017

Day 3: Paint, rollers, ladders ... and a mototaxi!

Gateway 2017 School2School HANDS Team:

  Today was our first work day at El Jordan; a small, rural school at Monte Fresco that recently had a new classroom added to its little building. Our job was to paint the inside of the new classroom, as well as to paint a new coat of colour on the outside of the front of the school. 

     Of course, it was very hot while we worked! But the team did an amazing job … working consistently, helping where needed, singing and encouraging each other while they worked, all while having a positive and upbeat attitude!

     For a break in the afternoon, Blanca (the Principle) took us for a walking tour through part of their village. We were sobered by the state of some of the houses in the village, and reminded of how much we have materialistically back home. Blanca took us to her mother’s home - the same house her mother has lived in for 60 years. Her mother was so welcoming and excited to talk to us and to share her home with us. Other homes visited included Blanca’s sister’s home as well as Blanca’s own home. The value of family and relationships is evident time and again in the people that we are introduced to here in Nicaragua. Though it may appear that they have very little … it is evident that they truly have so much!

     An additional diversion from our work was the opportunity for each of us to enjoy a ride in a mototaxi. The driver was a previous employee of EduDeo and his wife is a teacher at El Jordan school. The rides allowed us to see more of the local area while experiencing a local mode of transportation firsthand. It was indeed a highlight for all of us!

      Today we moved into the Nehemiah Center, where we will stay for the remainder of our time.  Our surroundings here are beautiful and serene. We immediately felt welcomed and at home here - thankful to be able to stay in such a beautiful place! After supper many members of our team made contact home through FaceTime - it was so fun to hear some of the conversations as the students shared some of what they have been seeing and experiencing here already. Our evening devotions were led by Darian and Lauren followed by a powerful time of reflection and journaling.  Finally … our special and highly-anticipated mail time! The evening ended with lively card games and time spent visiting together! We have already experienced SO much in the few days that we have been together. What full and wonderful days!




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