It has been some time since I have written. I have not forgotten you all! I was back in the USA and have just gotten back into things here in Santa Ana.
I was delighted to see that the computer program in the kindergarten not only continued while I was absent, but FLOURISHED! After having worked with the computers and the teacher for ONLY four days, I left the for the States. Livy, the teacher for the 20 six-year olds, set up and took down each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, ten computers for the students, as well as a computer and projector for the class to view a lesson together. When I returned, everything was working and Livy had even introduced the students to new activities involving letters and numbers.
Isn't this exactly what we hoped would happen?? Isn't the mission fulfilled when we can step out of the picture and the show will go on AND progress? I would have never guessed at such progress in such a short time.
Since things were running so well, we put 10 more computers in place at least until they are needed in another location. Can you imagine running 21 computers and a projector from ONE electric socket with only one place of connection? Well, that was what was going in this classroom--an organized network of extensions and power cords and wires everywhere!
Well, over this past weekend, that all changed. They surprised me yesterday by having put in conduiting so that there are now 6 double wall sockets around two walls of the classroom! What was so wonderful to me was that this was done all on their own. To me it is evidence of each party giving 100% all the time.
Isn't this exactly what we hoped would happen?? Isn't the mission fulfilled when those served take ownership and are empowered to determine their own progress?
It is a JOY to see the forward movement and the number of persons of the village involved in so many activities which revolve around this school. A little bit of encouragement goes a LONG way!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012