I have had some very busy days at school. A team with a dentist was here this week along with 10 volunteers from Danville, California. They were all awesome people! I wish they could all just stay. I needed to be at school at 8 a.m. to help the dentist get students in line for work on their teeth. One thing that blew my mind was that we were allowing the oldest children to go first and we got through Standard 5 and some of Standard 6, well the younger children kept coming up to me and begging to go to the dentist. They might have a loose tooth - normal...and say "miss kim, I need to see the dentist!" We have another dentist coming in February, thank goodness - i could tell them that because they were so disappointed that they could not see the dentist today or tomorrow.
I had several cases of physical abuse and one sexual abuse case today.
Last night I had a meeting at El Fagon. The people from Danville organized it with the Wilsons and the Cullins. The representative said that World Bank is donating money to fill in San Mateo and do something about water, electricity and a sewage system. It will be an answer to many prayers. The sewage is causing more and more health problems. One child died last year when they had an open cut and got in the lagoon water in San Mateo.
There is another fund raiser for the school tomorrow night at Wet Willy's. Tomorrow includes a soccer game at 2:30 and I am suppose to reward 4 of my toughest kids with ice cream if they make it through tomorrow without fighting with each other. I am trying to figure out what to do with all their creativity, energy, and manipulative, con-artist, comedian selves. i am thinking about having them do a play that they write. I already have taken away their free period and they have to talk to me as a group everyday.
Ernesto is cooking and showing me how to cook Stew Chicken and coconut rice and fried plantain. I am not tired tonight. I think I am getting used to it! love and miss you all!