Visit to Alejandro’s home

Despite our late night on Wednesday, we all managed to hustle this morning and be on time for our meeting. We discussed our afternoon trip to visit on of the centers’ families and agreed to contribute five dollars each to a collective shopping trip so we could give them a thank you gift for hosting us. 

Now that we are used to the center’s routine, the morning moved by rapidly with Larry making great progress on tiling the wall with his local helpers. Callan joined the demolition crew and started chipping the paint and cement off the walls. It was wonderful to see how much larger and brighter the main room looks with the new white tiles.

The highlight of our day was a visit to the home of Alejandro’s family. They were very gracious and welcoming and we all squeezed into their living room. They have a total of four children: Alejandro is two and a half and goes to the center, two children who are 11 and 12 and go to school, and an 18-year-old who works in a textile factory. Alejandro’s parents are caretakers at a private school with sixteen rooms and they live on site. Like many people here, they have a dog for security. While their living quarters were small, they were more spacious than I expected and they had a laundry machine and a refrigerator. It was wonderful to hear that they have had three children at the FUNDAC center and have found the center a great help.

Entry submitted by: Pat Joslin

Message of the day: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”   – Mahatma Ghandi

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