Thursday, September 4, 2008

Honduras - School Days {Part Six}

Every morning we watched children walking to school on the road past the church property.

 During the day we could also hear the drum corps practicing (and practicing, and practicing...) for the upcoming parade day...

On Wednesday morning Cindy, Whitney, Lauren and I went to visit this school.  They have a Bible class taught by a lady on staff at the church, which is interesting - the schools want values taught and so they allow Bible teaching.  Wouldn't find that happening in the USA, I don't believe.  Anyway, we walked over to the school...

Some of the children that attend here come to the church, so they recognized us.  Many came to tease and smile and to have their picture taken.  Communication was pretty limited, but they certainly know the word "photo" and most of them liked having their pictures taken, especially if we showed them on the digital screen.

(International Bunny-Ears Peace Society members, obviously!)

We had a few lollipops in our pockets, which further endeared us to some of the younger kids.

When we arrived, they were enjoying recess, and climbing the hills behind the school.  This is the mountain that Harrison climbed and I posted about in Part Four

Lining up for class:

The Bible class was really interesting, although the teacher spoke in Spanish so quickly that it was hard for me to really follow.  Kathy had met us by that time and was interpreting some of it.  We invited the children to come for afternoon VBS on the following day.

This is our dorm seen from the school building:

Later that afternoon, our whole group piled into the bus and we went to visit Southwest School, where Danielle had taught last year.  Southwest is a tri-lingual school, and classes are taught in English, and French is taught as a third language.  It is a more expensive school too.  The location is beautiful, high on a hill on the - you guessed it - southwest side of town.  The drive up the gravel mountain road was a bit harrowing though!

Classes wouldn't begin until the following week, so we were able to look around and talk to a few teachers and administrators that were getting rooms ready.  And enjoy the playground.  Danielle told us this was probably the only slide in La Esperanza:

The boys ran races on the tires:

Outside the washrooms there is a beautiful mural done by Beto, a missionary from Guatamala.  (we spent some time with him and his American wife, Laura)

The skies looked rather threatening that afternoon, but it didn't rain.  Thank goodness, because we were going SHOPPING after visiting the school!

Before we left the school, I had to take a picture of this - kind of for my DH, who is a grower - a VERY large pointsettia bush at the school!


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