Just received this letter from Tricia at the DREAM Project, and wish to pass it along to all of you.
We open our preschool at the Batey, we said we would limit to 10 kids on M-W and 10 on T-Th . We have 14 each day instead.
There was one little girl with no hair, I thought it was shaved from lice. It was not, she pulled it all
out. It is a way to relieve her stress. Her mother just abandoned her and her 6 sisters, she has no father. I let her little sister in as well, so we have gone a bit over in numbers.
Tati is working, yes 7year old Tati, with them now one day a week as a teachers aid.
There was a kid today Suz Suz (pronounced swa swa) he is the oldest in the program and by all rights is to old for our pre school, but he has no shoes and he can not go to the public school. Man he was to much fun, he had his
head right in the Peace corp volunteers face who was reading the book.
They have never seen books!
Funny part was the PBJs yes we are adding some of our American culture.
One little girl cried all morning after snack she wanted rice and beans and the sandwich really freaked her out. Everyone else woof them down with their milk.
They have new toothbrushes and each a little cubby box and back pack.
They are learning to wash their hands and sing, head shoulders knees and toes. In English, Spanish and Kreaol. Half of them do not have shoes.
It is amazing, it has been the most gratify week of this job and I am jealous that Sarah, and not I get to go back out tomorrow.
I will get you pictures soon, sorry for being out of touch we have been so busy and my back is still very bad.
PS: We are going to need to find more funding there are about 20 kids more I want to get into the school by September and right now Peanut butter cost more than teachers!!!
So for all of you good people who will be travelling to the POP area, please, SHOES in children sizes 0 - 4 can be used desperatley for this mission.
Thanking you in advance for your time, and cooperation.