Saturday, May 26, 2007

To the least of these...

Since December of last year we have had the opportunity to be involved with a small school in the little Aldea of San Lorenzo el Tejar. In previous blogs we have shown pictures and talked about the financial assistance provided to the folks through several parties in the United States. The public school system while it is free, requires fees for uniforms, supplies, extra curricular activities, etc. This small school is providing an education to children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. For some of the children the parents have not been able to pay for a birth certificate. As a result, the children technically don't exist.

One particular project that we have been working on has taken some time for logistics. But it has come into its own. With the assistance and generosity of Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida, we have been able to provide school uniforms to children that otherwise would not have received them. Each school has its own display of plaid. And now the "Keswick Plaid" is proudly worn in the Aldea - San Lorenzo el Tejar, Pastores, SacatepƩquez, Guatemala.

Thank you Keswick for the help. Your provision helped to cause these smiles. Okay actually they are only smirking. But this is more than what we usually get. I am not sure if this has anything to do with it, but recently I heard about a discipline that is used for the children of Guatemala. Many children are told that if they do not behave, the gringo will come and steal their body parts. This is a generational tale that has been passed down for several hundred years. With that in mind I will settle for a smirk. But don't they look great in KCS Plaid?
As a KCS graduate, our daughter Amber has expressed that "The Plaid" has never looked so good, on someone else.

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