Leigh Ann and Ken Meinecke, the parents of Peter, came for a very short visit to the Peten during their Easter vacation. Both are teachers at Maumee Valley Country Day School. They made the most of their two days with us!
Ken and Ismael work with trying to get the internet signal strong enough in Purushila. The plan is to get the modem up high. The hope is that this long tube will be anchored on the roof with the cord running to a router in the classroom that will enable several students to work on the internet through the same computer modem. We cannot yet shout EUREKA!, but we are still hoping!
Leigh Ann and Ken were in Purushila when the first vegetables from Peter's gardens were harvested: cilantro and green beans! Some cilantro went home with Maricruz who put it into the KAH food that she prepares for several of the children and pregnant women of the village three days a week. The women who help with the garden will be taking home vegetables as well! Congratuations!
Leigh Ann thought to bring videos of her four-year-olds at work and play in her classroom at Maumee Valley Country Day School. As both Leigh Ann and the teachers in the kindergarten observed, teaching is very different in our two countries. One huge noticable difference is the abundance of resources available for the children in Leigh Ann's classroom versus the total lack of resources available for the children in Purushila. The teachers, however, by just observing new methods, got many ideas and will implement them into their classrooms. Our hope is that these teachers will be able to visit Leigh Ann's classroom in person in November 2013. Thank you, Leigh Ann!
In the afternoon, Leigh Ann works with some of the young ladies who came for Orfe's youth group classes. Here she is teaching the basics of knitting. The hope is that Leigh Ann can teach Orfe who can continue to work with the girls.
Pictured here on the left is Erelia, the founder of the school as well as the teacher of the five-year-olds. The next two ladies are two of her three daughters. Livi is the teacher of the six-year-olds. Lady is the current director of the school. Five years ago, Lady and Erelia switched roles. Next is Peter's mom, Leigh Ann Meinecke. Rosa is the teacher of the four-year-olds. I am standing next to Ken, Peter's father, who is next to Peter. It was a great team! Too bad we only had two days together!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012