Day 4

Greetings and blessings to all of our readers.

Today we spent a full day at El Buen Pastor. Waking up was an unusual experience for many, especially for those who were awakened by roosters at 4, 5, and 6 o’clock. By the time most of our delegation had climbed out of our beds, the village was alive and full of activity. Parents were off doing the morning’s chores, milking cows and cooking breakfast, and the children were enjoying a day free from classes. After a breakfast of eggs, beans, plantains, and other fruit, we headed to the school and were greeted by a presentation of traditional Salvadoran dancing from the schoolchildren. This was followed by a tour of the school and the community as a whole. It was an amazing opportunity to see where everybody lived, and being able to meet them. Lunch was a delicious meal of carne asada, pico de gallo, rice, sausage, fruits, and vegetables. (Side note: I am not trying to recruit you to come simply because of the food, but the food is by far the best I’ve ever tasted). The afternoon was spent playing soccer and volleyball with the kids, along with flying kites in the pasture against a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and mountains. After another amazing dinner of pupusas (which we were taught how to make earlier), we did an arts and crafts session in which the kids arranged colorful beads on a shaped tray, and then adults used heated irons to melt the beads into a certain shape. The kids really enjoyed it, and many made two or three.

It was a fun-filled and exciting day, and we feel privileged to be able to share it with you. See you tomorrow!

The El Salvador Delegation Blog Team

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