Posted by: Jenny Rogers | August 5, 2012

Saturday: 40 Hours [in the church]

All week, Clementina has been telling us about this weekend’s special activities in the church. “40 Hours” is two days of a festival atmosphere on the square in Cane, while every hour is filled with prayers and music inside the church. The hour for her ‘Comedor Infantil’ (soup kitchen) was noon – 1:00 p.m. today. A couple days ago, when were talking about being thankful and praying, I sang a little bit of a song for her that I wrote years ago ‘Mi Senor’ and she inserted me into her program agenda for the day. Hermes was also asked to say the opening prayer. I must admit the church was quite hot and due to late bed times last night and really early rising today, we all became a bit sleepy during our hour there! But the children were cute and the prayers were nice and it was good to be together.

Before entering the church, we had a bit of time to look around on the square, so we went to different vendors and discovered a couple of  ‘microempresas’ [micro-enterprises] selling homemade baked goods. I bought Quesadillas (not what you are thinking at all, unless you have had the kind from here or El Salvador. This is a sweet cake), pastries that were made with rice flour and coconut sugar candy. After the service, we shared these treats with the moms and kids and Clementina passed along apple nectar to everyone.

Clementina’s interview went well and her grandson Juan de Dios came home so we were able to talk to him; he happens to log onto Facebook and agreed to give messages to Clementina, Valeria or other women from the soup kitchen if we need him to–YEA!!! Keeping our communication connection is going to be critical for ultimate success. That and the initiative the women take to assemble, learn, plan and continue.

The future is not something they talk about very much here. Life is definitely a daily activity. We are trying to instill the idea of planning into the women. Not just food and fish, but learning how to fish.

I am encouraged; I feel we have accomplished most of our goals here this trip. Tomorrow, we take pictures of children’s paintings for their microenterprise [for developing new products] and we interview Ernestina. We will give Clementina a list of contact information and her website address and some notes from our discussions and then we will say, “see you later” for indeed, I hope we do.

I must end this blog now as I have to work on Clementina’s website!

WISH LIST:

Sponsor for Dania to study nursing: $4000 a piece will cover two years of school and graduation! Supplies, books, and travel to the university in La Paz from Cane. (I will talk about Dania later, but she is a shining star here)

Sponsors for women to take art classes: $5/YEAR, once a week. Supplies are provided by UNICEF and other costs are provided by the municipality.

Sponsor for women to learn embroidery: stipend for the teacher, we haven’t decided how much yet, but she would need something for her time and travel, probably $5/week to teach a group of women. We will check on this.

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