July 1 – 3
Taught English classes at school. Had a little birthday party for Cecilia’s nephew, Freddy. Central Presbyterian church delegation arrived. Went to El Tablón with the delegation to celebrate the inauguration of the new cooperative (chickens and bees). Taught community English class at the Pastoral House.
July 4 – 10
Taught English classes at school. Went to El Mozote and Perquin with Central Presbyterian delegation. The group visited my school and talked to the kids in my classes. Walked to Alejandría to talk to the families of Blanca, Balmore, Cecilia, Idalia, and Jesús. Rode on big truck to La Llanes to deliver water tanks; had to stop to cut down tree branches with machete and get truck unstuck from mud. Visited Don Justo coffee finca and was attacked by ants. Walked around the lagoon and the town of Alegría. Went to El Espino beach. Said goodbye to the delegation at a restaurant in Alegría. Central delegation flew home. Taught community English class.
July 11 – 17
Taught English classes at school. Walked to San Lorenzo with Blanca and Cecilia to see progress on the Catholic church renovation. Walked in the Corpus Christi procession (held 2½ weeks late due to rain). Went to the patron saint festival in La Llanes in honor of the Virgin of Carmen- awesome!! Had 3-hour long meeting with a community. Learned how to make tamales de elote. Taught community English class.
July 18 – 24
Taught English classes at school. Had 2 very long meetings with communities. Learned that Benigno from La Llanes died (the father of 14 children). Went to La Llanes to see the family of the deceased and the community. Went to the funeral mass and internment of Benigno- very sad and very hard. Taught community English class.
July 25 – 31
Taught English classes at school. Monday- Went to San Lorenzo to see progress on the Catholic church renovation. Tuesday- Went to San Miguel to do a little shopping followed by a meeting. Wednesday- Visited church in San Lorenzo again to deliver cement and check out progress. Another long meeting. Thursday- had allergic reaction to plantains and needed to go home from school. Had a meeting with Father Cándido. Right after that had 1½ hour meeting with Manuel from Río de los Bueyes regarding the company stealing water from their community and threatening people. Friday- Celebrated Student Day at school. Saturday- To Corozal to take Chelito to his new home (will blog about that at some point). Sunday- Taught community English class. Got things ready to leave for a week for the US.