Our week has been a mixture of both. The things that we expected were was heat, the dust, and no water after 12 noon.
The surprises that challenged us were the mangoes falling on the tin roof in the middle of the night, the number of new businesses and shopping centres since we were last here and being disorientated, tired still from the travel and kept awake by a bilingual conversation in my head!
The surprises that we welcomed were the extraordinary ways the staff of Si A La Vida have gone out of there way to welcome and support us as we get phones, visas and a house organised.
We arrived last Tuesday and spent our first few days in Managua staying next to the Si A La Vida house with the family of one of the staff. The afternoons were spent in the project with the children (8 boys of 7-14 years): reading, playing basketball and helping with homework. On Saturday we met with the SALV Board of Directors and it was suggested we go to the island Ometepe where we will ultimately work to find a house to rent. By Sunday morning we were on the bus/boat/bus to the project’s second site, Ometepe, where there are 14 boys. These boys have committed themselves to the project and shown themselves ready to orientate themselves.
We have now journeyed back to Managua to get some things finalised before moving permanently onto the island in the near future.
So how am I?… a mixture between feeling very at home, supported and cared for and being a long way from family and friends. I never thought I would say it but I LOVE FACEBOOK!!!. I am sure I have messaged our kids and friends more in the last 7 days than ever.
More importantly we have arrived to a project that has been going for 21 years and like many projects they are struggling financially and in their spirit. The work is very hard, the boys (22 in total) require considered and constant care and support, and the staff are tired and poorly paid. They have welcomed our energy and the sense that they can draw on our positiveness for a little time.
I look forward to trying to make these blogs a more regular event, but then again you never know in Nicaragaua!!
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Take care and enjoy your week,