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The wooden rafters are in much better shape than we anticipated. However, there was some unexpected work on the gutters that needed attention before we can really get going at full pace. Lynn was busy applying a waterproofing to some of the strapping which will be used.
While we were there waiting for our ride home we were witness to the feeding program there. Here are some pictures of the cooks in the kitchen. Everyone down here loves to have their picture taken! Also pictured are the kids lined up and receiving their Barley soup.
This church and the school came about from the feeding program. A school and a church usually follow the establishment of feeding program for the kids. In this particular case Larry & Donna have received private funding from a benefactor and here are some pictures of portions of the school now under construction. There is a real need here as the school is ready to expand their capacity before the classrooms are built.
I expect to find myself at the Managua City Dump tomorrow or Thursday to photograph the pre-school children at that location.
Larry & Donna have a pet monkey this year. Pastor David, who was our translator last year, sent it up from the island on Lake Nicaragua. Donna wanted to name him King Kong but have since discovered that it's a female! So now we affectionately call her "Queen Kong". She's quite friendly as you can see in this picture with Lisa.
I mentioned the Bike Shop previously but didn't have any pictures to show at the time. Here are a couple of interior shots of the shop which has now moved over into the new warehouse. Antonio is going full speed ahead fixing up all the donated bikes. By the way if you have any bikes - in any condition - there is a drop-off location on the South Service Road near Erin Mills and the QEW. Email me for the exact details.
Penny-Jane is working, as I type, on the craft project for the kids tomorrow. She has brought down materials to make a Canadian pendant with the Nicaraguan children. When she returns home she will have the kids in her Saturday morning class make a Nicaraguan pendant.
The children from Canada have created a piece of Collage Art to hang in the Nicaraguan School here at World Mission Outreach. The children here will be making some printmaking art for the kids back home. The dialogue has made both countries more aware of each others culture.
The crew looking after dry-walling the medical centre are doing quite well and will be sanding the joints and likely get a good start on painting tomorrow.