Photos from the Village.

Here are some photos that Kayla shared with me from the group’s walk through the village. I was overjoyed to find that her taste in photos is much like mine. To be honest….I avoided most of the group during the walk. I couldn’t stand to take many photos of the people (other than what Marlon asked for to complete CNI profiles). It felt too….invasive. And wrong. Just a large group (25? 30?) Americans walking through the village taking pictures of animals like we were at the zoo or something.

Sorry, that wasn’t nice to say. But it’s all I could think of.

So I stuck with Marlon (the CNI director, and my new hero) and listened to what he had to share about the children and their homes.

This is the start of our walk, closest to the CNI. All of these homes are typical of what the children who come there everyday live in.

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From there we had to cross a bridge. No, the boards are not nailed down.

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Several other homes:

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This is the home of Celia. She a sweet quiet girl that captured my heart. She loved seeing photos of my Celia. In the background, you can see the concrete house. This is the one built by the church. The foreground has the old house. They leave the old houses up because often the families will continue to use them in addition to the new one. Until they fall down at least. Currently Celia’s cousins are living with her family as well. Their mother just passed away last month and their dad is attending a trade school in hopes of getting a better job.

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Note the metal outhouse in this one. At least it’s downhill from the actual house. Not all of them are.

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This is the house where Carlos lives. It is a large house, but he has a large extended family living with him. The house is beginning to slide down the hill. They will be getting a new house from the church soon (it costs $4000 to build a house. $4000. That’s all. Unthinkable.) and are preparing for it. The families must level a plot by moving bags of dirt and digging out a flat area so they house can start with a level foundation. Even the children must work on this. Carlos doesn’t seem to mind. He’s such a good and sweet boy….and a real joker too. My first day here he helped me down the steep shortcut and walked most of the way home with us.

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His house from above. You can see the work being done.

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This is Lester’s pig. I thought he was going to try to eat me or knock me down the precariously steep hill. We both made it through unscathed, but I’m still hoping the family is eating pork tonight.

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Lester (yellow shirt) and Daniel (striped shirt) come to the CNI. Now his sister Dania and little brother may come as our teams took up a collection to sponsor them. $36 a month. Since there are two huge teams here, it took $12 a person to sponsor these kids for a year. Dania is a sweet girl who was so gracious and helpful at the CNI today…and I was thrilled to find that we had a pair of shoes left that perfectly fit her, her little brother, and the other new little ones today. We have away all but four pair of shoes, and three of those four pair were perfect fits for these kids in need.

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This is Marlon and his two beautiful daughters. They both help out at the CNI sometimes…and Marlon is there every day. He loves those kids, helps them with school work, reads to them, jokes with them. He knows their families, their stories, their struggles, and their needs. And he still cries to have to send a child away from the CNI because they don’t have a sponsor and there is not enough food for them.

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