kids in papllacta, taken by Riva Macbeth
This time next month we will be recovering from hours in an aeroplane at our friends’ house in Wisconsin, USA, preparing to start our year of study at Wheaton College, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago for those who want to visit!) Alfredo’s family didn’t get their visas, so we are still praying hard for childcare: we have found a perfect school on-line, but they aren’t answering emails so we don’t know if there is space!
We have been busy with the summer interns. We have Kevin, David and Mark in the water projects office and 4 girls working in the hospital. Alfredo took all 7 interns into Washintsa, where the girls taught hygiene classes and the boys mixed cement. Next week the boys are walking with Alfredo, the Pikes and the Heinrich family to Kiim to start building the water tower.
The university is slowing down, with English exams all finished and only two engineering students to still take exams (seems I made the exam too easy as they all passed easily!)
Today we had my final Community Development meeting as director (officially Alex Weir is the director, but as he’s out of country I’m still temporarily in charge). It was encouraging to hear of work in Peru and Chillanes (Ecuador) and to discuss what the future of Community Development might look like.
Benjamin finished his preschool and is now on holiday with Abuela (grandma) in Quito and being spoilt rotten!
The family was given a shock this week with the sudden death of Tio Carlos, the father of Alfredo’s closest cousins. Family flew in from the Dominican Republic and the USA for the funeral.
Alex’s application for Ecuadorian citizenship has finally been approved. Now she has to jump though the next hoops to get an identification card and passport.