Update from San Andres
Vicki and I are wrapping up two months in Central America, including 10 days or so in San Andres and 4 weeks of Spanish.
In general, things are going well. We have 105 students in the school this year and about 41 scholarship recipients studying here at IGER and in other places. Carmen is running a very efficient operation with good help from a very supportive team of teachers. They are beginning to use more interactive teaching methods and our Guatemalan educator advisors are providing valuable advice, including 7 one-week teacher workshops over the course of the year.
We have a new cook this year. Her name is Andrea. Very poor, she and her 10 siblings have routinely gone hungry, but also hunger for education and walk 2.5 hours each way to attend school. Andrea completed our program years ago, but has been unable to find good paying work so we hired her to cook for our students. She uses what she makes (less than $100 per month) to provide breakfast for her and her siblings, to support her Mom and to help her siblings with the little extras it takes to go to school.
I had bronchitis earlier this week and was told to visit Infirmera (nurse) Carmen here in San Andres. She has a nice home and an in-home pharmacy from which she dispenses medical advice and medications. I got two injections and feel better, but the point is she too is a graduate of our program and in her case things are going well.
Warm gratitude to you all. I sincerely believe that with your help we are making a small but important difference. I know our students and their families are grateful (they often ask me to send you their blessings).