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Our little reopening

Since October the older children have come to us in small groups on Tuesdays and Fridays. In 2.5 hours per group, we support them with their homework, do in-depth exercises and encourage them to speak English.
We also offer lunch for 30 children on 4 days. We divide these into two groups and use the spatial separation of the two houses. Thanks to face masks, hygiene measures and this division, we feel safe even in times of Covid 19.
In the kitchen, Mama Fran conjures up her delicious dishes again and not only makes the children’s eyes shine. To Kelly’s delight, the first papaya has been growing in the garden in years.
In the child-free time, painting and varnishing continues. Both houses are becoming more colorful and inviting every day.
It feels a bit like a little reopening.
(Eliane Burri)

Colorful, more colorful, most colorful

After a long time of waiting and many flight rebookings I am finally back in Nicaragua. This time, however, I was welcomed by the same issues that are currently affecting all parts of the world: corona cases, protective measures, economic crises, fear of the future and a rise in violent crime and criminality.
But behind the currently still closed doors and gates of Los Gusanitos I found a colourful and lively world. The walls shine in new colours. Illustrations of shapes, fruits, animals, numbers and vowels are created for the knowledge-hungry children’s eyes and animated games are recorded on the floors. Lime, papaya and mango trees thrive in the garden. Passion fruit plants grow high up and promise shady places. Spinach, watermelons, chilli and bananas sprout and will soon determine the menu plan. More than thirty chickens, two dogs, four turtles and eight cats keep everyone on their toes and ensure action.
In October we will probably not be able to open our doors again. But poquito a poquito we will resume our work with the children. For the coming month we are planning private lessons for the children from the 4rd grade on. These will take place individually and in compliance with the protective measures and should enable the children to support the regular lessons in the stately school. We will offer the children individual help and will also pay special attention to English lessons. These individual lessons should also give the children the opportunity to get in touch with us again, even if the hugs and caresses they love won’t be possible yet.
Los Gusanitos is and remains a children’s paradise even in difficult times.
(Eliane Burri)

One of the most difficult decisions in my life

It is never easy to take responsibility for 100 children and 15 employees, let alone in times when we have to live with the corona virus.
We have experienced a lot of turmoil, most recently the political turmoil last year, which kept me thinking about how long I can still be responsible for keeping our business going without exposing our children and our Madrinas to even greater danger than it already is. So far – although sometimes with a queasy feeling in my stomach – I seem to have made the right decisions and so we could always keep the business going for the good of everyone. Once again, the circumstances force me to make the right decision again, not without a queasy feeling in my stomach.
So, this time I decided with a heavy heart that Los GUSANITOS will remain closed from Monday, March 23, 2020 until the coronavirus situation has calmed down. However, not without taking certain precautions to continue looking after our children, our employees and their families in these difficult times.
In several meetings we informed parents and our Madrinas about the precautions to be taken and, above all, that they stay at home whenever possible and do not panic. We bought antipyretic medications and syrups for coughs and vitamins. We found a private doctor who will handle the most difficult cases in an emergency, which was not easy at all.
The parents of our children and our Madrinas can reach us by phone at any time if an emergency would occur. Whether you need medication, if you have food shortages, need medical help or just need to speak, as you have panicked.
After we have taken all the necessary measures, I hope that nobody feels lonely, that no one panics, and that we all get out of this plague in good health, 🍀.

Our children exploring

Our 3rd children explore different materials, with wonderful results, 🥰

Mama Fran happy…

…with her new wooden kitchen. Mama Fran and all Madrinas agree that the taste of rice and beans is nowhere better than from the wood fire. And it also cooks much faster than over a gas fire. Here she is cooking chayotes to be baked with cheese tomorrow. Well, Mamá Fran happy, Madrinas happy, children happy and I 🤔, save gas, 😊