Another of our exploits is volunteering at an after school program that iscalled Fundacion Arenal. The children 7-14 are from families whose parents work in a nearby market: Fiere Libre. The families are very poor and the students do not get a lot of help with homework from their parents. So that is what the Fundacion provides. So I am starting to teach sewing and Bill is taking photos for them. They did not have any pictures of any of there students or the activities. Other expats are helping students complete homework. We work 1-2 days each week during the after school hours. I am also being asked to teach the mothers how to use a sewing machine. This is not a throw away society like the U.S. So they mend clothes by hand. The director is very excited that we might be able to teach the Moms how to mend on the sewing machine. Bill is also going to do some building that needs to be taken care of in the building where the Latch Key type program is held. So we have photos of the children and the school facility also.
This is the sign outside the school facility. This is walking distance from where we live.
Marlen is a charm girl. The volunteer in the pink shirt is a teacher from Seattle on a sabbatical, she teaches Spanish in America. She has been teaching at the University here and she and her husband and two daughters have just completed their year here. After some travel in Ecuador they will return to Seattle.
One of the teachers at Fundacion Arenal
This young woman is a volunteer from Germany. The Fundacion is originally funded by German volunteers wheo lived in Cuenca. This young woman is my translator for teaching the sewing classes.
One of the students. Children here are very happy and rarely pouty for a new toy.
Let's call him "old brown eyes".
The students get lots of one on one attention that they seem to thrive on.
Talk about a cutey pie
This young man's name is Jaime
A game of hoops in the courtyard. You will see she is wearing a uniform sweater from her day school.
This is in the courtyard where the hoops are played.
The Ecuadorian children have beautiful smiles.
She is setting with a tutor who is helping her do her homework.
Another beautiful smile!
This is Marlen the charm girl I mentioned earlier, check out the cutie behind her. The girl on the right is one of the teachers.
Is this one having fun????
They seemed to love getting their picture taken. We will be taking these to the school this week when we go and putting them on a computer slide show so all the kids can see themselves.
Another charming smile!
Two friends enjoying themselves.
A happy child, check out the neat old ceiling above his head.
The amount of sweets is mind boggling. Cookies, candies, lollipops in stall after stall. When we asked when the Festival would end, the response was, when the candy is all gone.
The variety is not great, from stall to stall, it appears that each lady has baked and made things. As you can see there is variety within each stall.
Any elderly lady and probably her daughter selling candles outside the Cathedral
Carnation and roses in the flower market.