Sundays in Santo Domingo seem to always involve 3 things: 1) church 2) chicken and 3) chasing our cell phones around the orphanage because the kids all can't wait to take pictures of each other. This morning during the church service in the courtyard of the Remar Orphanage in Santo Domingo, some of the girls had choreographed a dance and a few of the boys put on a skit that depicted getting along with each other, the importance of respecting girls, and having a love for God.
Today was the first time we saw the sports field complete and now a basketball court! When we came here for the first time a year-and-a-half ago the area was one big rock-filled field. Now it's a place where these kids can actually play. Jay has plans for a little expansion next to the basketball court to better configure a baseball diamond. He wants to call it "Nick's Field."
Today's project was to sort all the amazing baby clothes that the kindergarten families at St. Brendan School donated. You should have seen me lugging the 50+ lb. duffle bag with all these clothes through customs! I also brought some of Nick's baby clothes--ones I finally felt I was ready to part with. We had so many baby clothes that tomorrow we'll be buying another clothing rack for the store. The store is run by the older boys and girls from the orphanage who are now out of high school. All the money generated supports the orphanage. The word is that when the store opens on Mondays, customers from the neighborhood rush in to see what's new. I'm sure tomorrow is going to be a big day!
After working in the store, we were due back at the orphanage at 4:00 for a Provacon chicken dinner. Provacon is our favorite Dominican chicken restaurant, however, today we did take-out for 45 hungry kids and another 15 staff and volunteers in the same courtyard that served as a church in the morning. We hung out with the kids, learned some interesting things such as the fact that many of the kids in the orphanage won't be able to go to college because they don't have a birth certificate to prove they are citizens. All the more reason why the computer learning center under the leadership of Mark Haney, who has been with us on every one of these trips to the DR, is so critical. The mobile computer learning centers Mark has developed will let the students, who Vision Trust supports, study English, discover literature, work on their math skills and study science, history and current events. I can't wait to see Mark demonstrating the learning center with the students at Tia Tatiana School tomorrow!