I am sitting down to write my blog at the end of another full day. It is raining outside. I am listening to its sound on the tin roof above my head. My favorite music.
As is so common here, tons of things happened today. I can't decide which one to pick, so I will share them all!
I spent my day in Purushila at the primary school. On Thursdays, the students from 5 classes come in to the computer lab and their teachers direct them. Today I was most impressed with the third grade teacher. She has 28 students (way more than anyone else) in her class. She had perfect order. She had the children working with clocks. This was a skill that they were studying in class. It was not an easy task for the children, but they stuck with it. What a great use of the computers!
While this was going on, I invited two young ladies who are sisters, to help me with eye tests for the children. Carmen, the nurse, and Fidelia were excellent. They listened to directions and improved their procedure with each student. Fidelia even entered the results in a spreadsheet that I had prepared in my computer. She had learned about spreadsheets in our telesecondary computer class, and she was quite confident with it. I was thrilled that she could see this tool in a real world use. They tested older kids first and then the second graders were next. I prepped them for some extra care that the little ones might need. It was so fun to see the two young ladies smile and enjoy the loud voices of the children yelling out the letters over the noise of the computers in the background.
I had been meaning to stop in to see how feeding the primary students works. Today was my very first chance to do this. I learned that three different mothers come each day to the little shack that serves as the kitchen to prepare atoll, a hot corn drink that tastes very good. On Mondays and Thursday, Maricruz also comes to the school to prepare the Kids Against Hunger rice with vegetables for the children. It takes 20 bags of KAH! The children each bring their own cup for the atoll and a bowl for the KAH food. Unfortunately, since they have no forks, they are using their dirty fingers to eat the rice. (We need to work on that!). The children were very organized as they lined up at the kitchen and the women served the food. Kevin, the director, was also present as a director would be at this time.
In the afternoon, I supervise what I call "organized play" in the computer classroom. Generally the same 24 kids of various ages come each day. Today we played Bingo as a whole group. They caught on and liked the game and actually listened to the numbers being called! It was a great game for learning and practicing numbers. Then they broke off into groups or in singles to work on other things. Today was the first day that several of the students chose to do a puzzle alone. I was very impressed! They each had a different approach, but the same deep concentration. Today the girls worked with the gears and really got into it. Each game or activity costs between $2-$5 at a local store that is like a Goodwill.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012