Sigue la lucha by Brian Goetz

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The summer has quickly come to an end.  One can feel the plants and animals preparing for the rainy season.  Man included, as vegetables and the staple, maíz
, are harvested and another planting of beans is underway.  The heat has only diminished slightly, and I still usually arrive to school in the mornings completely soaked in sweat.  But it has begun to rain more consistently in the afternoons, and clouds offer us welcome protection from the intensity of the sun.  Recently, I’ve been focusing my energy on the community library project and community members were elected to different positions on a committee that will be imperative to the project’s success.  Last month, myself and a few high school students here in El Pital got together as many kids from the town as we could for the first evening storytime at the high school, where the library is planned to take root.  After opening the gathering with a few newly-learned Spanish sing alongs, Kensy and Durkis, two of the high school students, shared storytelling responsibilities while a couple of parents and I sat with the group of about 40 kids to keep the peace, if you will.  The idea is that this becomes a more regular thing, along with other activities, so that in people’s minds the space is not just where books are kept, but also where communal learning takes place.  Next week we will have the second installment!
As far as the library is concerned, I am also working on a grant proposal for this project so that in the next couple of years there are some funds to continue to develop the space into something extraordinary, something that will truly bring about change in the way the community sees learning, and the opportunities which it provides.  I’m also just starting to compile all my notes and data which I collected throughout this year while visiting the 22 schools in the cuenca and interviewing teachers and directors.  Before I leave in December, I will have a report that, aside from providing demographic and statistical data, will also contain my descriptions and impressions of each school, as well as my suggestions for the best way to tackle the most common needs.
Most importantly, my relationships with people here continue to develop into what I hope will be lasting friendships.  I know that I have not learned everything that people here can teach me, nor have I shared all I wish to share with them

The summer has quickly come to an end.  One can feel the plants and animals preparing for the rainy season.  Man included, as vegetables and the staple, maíz
, are harvested and another planting of beans is underway.  The heat has only diminished slightly, and I still usually arrive to school in the mornings completely soaked in sweat.  But it has begun to rain more consistently in the afternoons, and clouds offer us welcome protection from the intensity of the sun.  Recently, I’ve been focusing my energy on the community library project and community members were elected to different positions on a committee that will be imperative to the project’s success.  Last month, myself and a few high school students here in El Pital got together as many kids from the town as we could for the first evening storytime at the high school, where the library is planned to take root.  After opening the gathering with a few newly-learned Spanish sing alongs, Kensy and Durkis, two of the high school students, shared storytelling responsibilities while a couple of parents and I sat with the group of about 40 kids to keep the peace, if you will.  The idea is that this becomes a more regular thing, along with other activities, so that in people’s minds the space is not just where books are kept, but also where communal learning takes place.  Next week we will have the second installment!
As far as the library is concerned, I am also working on a grant proposal for this project so that in the next couple of years there are some funds to continue to develop the space into something extraordinary, something that will truly bring about change in the way the community sees learning, and the opportunities which it provides.  I’m also just starting to compile all my notes and data which I collected throughout this year while visiting the 22 schools in the cuenca and interviewing teachers and directors.  Before I leave in December, I will have a report that, aside from providing demographic and statistical data, will also contain my descriptions and impressions of each school, as well as my suggestions for the best way to tackle the most common needs.
Most importantly, my relationships with people here continue to develop into what I hope will be lasting friendships.  I know that I have not learned everything that people here can teach me, nor have I shared all I wish to share with them

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