We want to proceed…

…But first of all, I will show you a little more about our everyday life. Thanks to the elections, our children finish this school year earlier than usually, according to the motto: “There is always a reason to cancel classes” and if there isn’t any, it will be easy to find one. In the meantime we got used to the reality, at any moment classes can be canceled for any reason, but this year beat all records. Like this, our children spent more time at LOS GUSANITOS than at school. For us a big challenge, but at the same time a nice advantage, because we could enjoy our children more intensely and meet their needs more individually. Beside the games and different leisure activities, we used the time to do more handicraft work with them than usually. We also raised our English lessons, not only for the eldest, but for the youngest children as well. It is always quite funny to watch our smallest ones who can barely speak Spanish, how they try to speak English. Guillermito (2 years old) for example says “gigge” for “chicken” and “leeee” for “three” . But he can count perfectly up to 10 and back – and yes, of course – equally in Spanish.
Our girls Gabriela, Amparo, Tamara, Raquel, Javiera and Alison have learned a lot at the beauty class and they still continue to learn without neglecting their studies. Some girls are even such motivated; they earn their little own pocket money at the weekends. They offer services like pedicure, manicure, haircutting and coloring to their friends. Last Monday, Gabriela told me proudly that last weekend, she had earned her very first pocket money of 50 Córdobas (USD 1,70) by doing a pedicure and a manicure. Her eyes twinkled like Christmas stars and I don’t have words to describe how happy I felt for her at that moment.
And now to the topic “we want to proceed…” We can’t wait to open our second day-care center for 40 more children and everything is prepared. A “little detail” is still missing; it is also called “a suitable house”. Actually, this is a bigger problem than we would have thought before. Looking for a suitable house in Granada we walked kilometer for kilometer for the last few months. As it should be close to a zone of socially excluded people and near from a school as well, we reach limits. Normally at such zones, there don’t exist any houses that have space for 40 children. Sometimes this is daunting, but we still hope that another door will open soon.
So, please fingers crossed, that this wish will happen soon. Take care and bye for now…
(Priska Buchmann)