I finally got caught up time zone wise this morning and was up with everyone at 6:30 am. I visited the elementary school after breakfast (50 yards away) and spent time in each classroom with the students. They were all fascinated with my video camera and many of them wanted to hold my hand.
I then videotaped a number of interviews (with interpreters) of staff, local residents, and visitors. I heard a number of stories and am
Impressed by how much hope does exist here.
School is closed next week Monday through Wednesday for Mardi Gras, the same voodoo-filled vacation celebrated in Louisiana. On Saturday we will spend the afternoon at the beach which is just a few hundred yards away.
I’ve found that I really enjoy Mango juice and there are hundreds of Banana and Mango trees as well as Papaya trees all over the campus.
The weather continues to be quite pleasant although it was hot over the lunch hour. Mosquitoes are not as bad as expected which is good because there are no doors to our building. The bedrooms have doors and mosquito netting should you wish to use it.
A lizard ran into the dining room this morning and mother cat quickly cornered it and called her kitten to come and eat it; which he gladly did.
When the cooks prepare lunch for the school (about 150 kids) they do so in the outside kitchen and they don’t have to worry over food spills as they cook as the chickens are quick to eat every drop.