In Guatemala we are aware that today is the first day of spring, however, our seasons consist of "wet season" or "dry season" otherwise known as "hot" or "hotter"! There are times when the flowers wax and wane, and they are blooming now.
Spring is a sign of hope and of new life. God outdid himself in blessing us today. I can hardly recount all the good news!
Peter and I were in Purushila early this morning as usual for a Wednesday. Today Peter assisted the four-year olds with tooth brushing for the first time. Now each student in the school has a toothbrush, and each student will be supervised while brushing his/her teeth each day that we are in the school. This seems so simple, but it is really exciting news!
Today one of the TV stations sent out a crew of three persons to the school in Purushila. The three spent at least an hour on the property filming and interviewing. Many of the SewHope programs were highlighted. Film was taken of the six-year olds working on their computers, of me with my 12 junior high students in an English class, of Peter with his gardens on the school property, and of Orfe with the Kids Against Hunger Food and water filters, among others of the children in their classrooms or playing outside. The teachers were very excited about this promotion as are we. We are going to pop popcorn and watch the news at 9:00 pm!
While we were busy in Purushila, Ismael was visiting with lawyers and purchasing land for SewHope. This purchase has been in process for several weeks. Today, Ismael made the payment. This opens new doors for SewHope in the Peten!
When Peter and I returned to our home in Santa Ana from our afternoon classes of computer and gardening with the junior high students of the telesecondary school, parked in front of the house was a different vehicle. Again, we have spent several weeks trying to find a used automatic vehicle since we find ourselves going in so many directions at the same time. It is a 2001 truck with six seats and a large open space in back. This is a real blessing!
Peter and I also talked with one of the two teachers of the junior high students after our classes today. Pablo is interested in starting a library in Purushila! We are thrilled that he is going to lead the charge of this initiative. SewHope has many books that we will be able to contribute to this new beginning. Again, special thanks to the children and families of the Ottawa Hills Elementary School in Ottawa Hills who have donated books written in Spanish and money for the purchase of Spanish books for the past five years. YOU are a blessing to the children here in Guatemala.
You just never know what is going to happen on any given day! Each day is a surprise! Each day we give thanks!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012