Well hey there! I’m not so late this time in posting these. March was a very full and fun month, with a bit of adventure in and around the property along with some normalcy. Haha, the kind of normalcy that comes with living with 300+ kids/teenagers/young adults…
Good life is oh so good.
So, here is the month of March at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador in photo review.
We’ve got a lot of land. I’m not sure how much in terms of acreage, but suffice to say that we’ve got enough room for the houses, clinic, school, and soccer field in addition to crop fields. We also happen to have an estimated 100 year old hacienda! How cool is that?
This was my second time at the hacienda. We had some visitors come through who wanted photos, so I volunteered to take them one Sunday morning. It was a tough job, let me tell you (that’s full of sarcasm by the way…it was awesome roaming around!)
You can see the boys’ home and some of the workshops in the background. There’s an old corn field that separates the hacienda from the fenced off part of our property.
This is the second house inside the hacienda.
The entrance! The hand-painted orange words say, “Entrance prohibited.” The hacienda has some old, dilapidated structures on it, but there are also a few buildings that were constructed within the last decade or so.
All the girls went out to the base of the “hill-mountain” for an afternoon of little games and snacks.
I chose not to participate in the “run up the hill to find a hidden flag” game. Haha.
“Let’s take a picture with the ‘desert of El Salvador’ in the background.” Haha. It’s not a desert climate, but when you’re in the dry season it kinda feels that way. At the time of this picture, it hadn’t rained in 5 months.
“Who likes rabbits?” Almost everyone does, it seems.
Just being cool in the office…we wore essentially the same outfit one day. That happens a lot, and we never plan it!
Our friends from FAS (the professional, division one soccer team) came again for practice and a little something extra. They threw a little party for our youngest kids! This guy is the main goalie, and the whole city loves him!
I promise they all had fun, even though it doesn’t seem like it here…haha.
Blah! This is adorable.
Thanking the team for their visit and support of the NPH family. They are an awesome group of guys.
With our national director, Tío Olegario. He’s wonderful!
On the morning of the high school graduation, with all the girls and the girls’ house sub-director. They are all so beautiful! Some of them are graduates while the others are escorts/sponsors. One cool tradition I like here in El Salvador is that at graduations, there is always someone who accompanies you. In a way , it is acknowledging that throughout not only your education but your life’s journey, there are people who help you along the way. So each graduate chooses an “acompañante” or escort for the big day.
And now for the boys, the boys’ house director, and some of their acompañantes. Such a handsome and sharp-looking group!
With my brother on his big day!
I was asked to go buy one of the boys, my friend R. Here we are in the procession (another tradition) going to the church for Mass. In total, from the school to the church and then back again, we walked about 8 blocks!
Leaving the church. The sun was in my eyes, and I can’t take a picture, as usual. This is also one of the few pictures when R is smiling. He’s not much of a smiler in pictures, and I had to ruin the only one where he’s really smiling! Of course.
With 4 of the graduates who have been with NPH since kindergarten, along with two of the teachers who have been with us from the beginning. So cool!
Siblings joined us all at the special luncheon!
Such a beautiful family.
Haha. The March birthday celebration was full of laughter.
And accidentally beheading and dismembering piñatas…
This boy took the arms and legs of the poor piñata, put them on, and walked around like this for a little while. Haha.
The 3 of us tried to take a picture, but it didn’t really work. This is my favorite one out of all the failed attempts haha.
The boy in green (my “brother”) is teaching the other 3 to be altar servers! Brings back many a memory for me. I altar served for years and then became the coordinator for the ministry at my parish for a few years during college.
A nice Sunday morning with one of my good pals.
Caught the boys monkeying around on the playground…get it?
With some of the girls from “chicas” before the big game!
It’s so hard to take group pictures, apparently. As the next few pictures will show…here is the chicas team with Tía Silvia (so the youngest girls from my house. They’re also my hogar.)
The chicos (the oldest boys from the babies’ house) with their year of service caregiver and my friend/tía/nurse Luz de María.
With my girls, hahaha. The front row is the best.
I took a small turn at being the boys’ team goalie. Didn’t do so bad actually. Fortunately for the boys they’re good defensive players so the ball didn’t really come near me save for one unlucky shot!
After the game, the toddlers hit the field.