Honduras Monday: Kids to Copan
May 8, 2007: The room has cooled a bit, due to a somewhat oxymoronic-sounding solar-powered fan. (Itâ€™s night. How could the fan be solar-powered? But I think any electricity we have is solar power stored in batteries.) And I’m writing again via the batteries of my laptop saved to my desktop â€¦ which I’ll transfer to the blog once I have internet access again.
So, on Monday May 7th we once again awoke early. We weren’t exactly sure of our plans, but we knew we had to be on the road at 7am to see Beckyts recovery center, called Brazos Abiertos (“Open Arms”). Last time I was there it was under construction. This time there were amazingly beautiful kids, recovering from malnutrition. One girl in particular had these haunting eyes. Just unbelievably sad, although at the moment she seemed okay. I can only wonder what sheâ€™s already seen at such a young age to produce such a deep-seated sorrow.
We left there and rushed up to the HeRO feeding center. This was a remote village in San Juancito, long ago abandoned by the gold mining company, with the miner populations remaining, becoming more and more poor. We played with the kids there for quite a while: soccer, an odd form of peek-a-boo by Stacie, and bubbles. (Yes, those cheap bubbles (basically soapy water) are quite a hit with kids that have so little. Something to remember when I go back … balls and bubbles, and the kids are happy.)
We dedicated the center to Stacie and 267 because Stacie’s donation made that center possible.
We went back to the hotel, where I had a nice opportunity to wander the mall for a few minutes and buy lunch. It’s just nice to be in a completely foreign culture… very interesting. Unfortunately, due to a tax rule exempting foreign restaurants from taxes, most of the places are american chains. Yuk. We went to the orphanage (
Finally … a comfortable place to sleep … what a long day!