February in Review

Not too late this time…here is the month of February in photo review. It was a very full month and lots of cool things happened here at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador.

Paz y bien.

Acto civico is a short program the school does every Monday morning, in which the kids sing the national anthem and focus on civics and being a good citizen as well as human being.

Acto civico is a short program the school does every Monday morning, in which the kids sing the national anthem and focus on civics and being a good citizen as well as human being.

There is always a skit of some sort in which the whole school learns about a new theme or topic. For example, the month of February was all about friendship and values related to that. The skit was very good and funny, as you can tell…

There is always a skit of some sort in which the whole school learns about a new theme or topic. For example, the month of February was all about friendship and values related to that. The skit was very good and funny, as you can tell…

That same day there was no power in the office, so my friend and I went and took pictures everywhere. We started with the school.

That same day there was no power in the office, so my friend and I went and took pictures everywhere. We started with the school.

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Making piñatas!

Making piñatas!

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“Faith and works have to be united together.” – Father William Wasson (the founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos)

“Faith and works have to be united together.” – Father William Wasson (the founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos)

Our walkabout continued to the old fields. As you can see, it’s a little…dry. Tis the season here, as we haven’t had rain in 4 months.

Our walkabout continued to the old fields. As you can see, it’s a little…dry. Tis the season here, as we haven’t had rain in 4 months.

We both had never been to the milpa (the crop fields) across the river, and we both really wanted to go…so we went.

We both had never been to the milpa (the crop fields) across the river, and we both really wanted to go…so we went.

Can you spot the year of service boy through the sorghum? I can.

Can you spot the year of service boy through the sorghum? I can.

Best walkabout ever. This is a beautiful view, but I want to come back once the rains return and get a shot when everything is green again.

Best walkabout ever. This is a beautiful view, but I want to come back once the rains return and get a shot when everything is green again.

Our little river is a little sad.

Our little river is a little sad.

Cows!

Cows!

Since we still didn’t have power, we decided to have our special lunch at the office in the city. Here, my coworkers are cracking up about something while we wait for transportation.

Since we still didn’t have power, we decided to have our special lunch at the office in the city. Here, my coworkers are cracking up about something while we wait for transportation.

One really cool thing that happened was the visit of FAS (Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos), which is a regional soccer team that plays in the best professional soccer league in all of El Salvador. They came to host their practice on our field, then they held a short scrimmage with our boys’ team. Just to reiterate the awesomeness, it’s like going to an NFL practice or having an NBA team come to your gym to just hang out. That’s a pretty big stinkin’ deal!

One really cool thing that happened was the visit of FAS (Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos), which is a regional soccer team that plays in the best professional soccer league in all of El Salvador. They came to host their practice on our field, then they held a short scrimmage with our boys’ team. Just to reiterate the awesomeness, it’s like going to an NFL practice or having an NBA team come to your gym to just hang out. That’s a pretty big stinkin’ deal!

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Coach giving the boys a pep talk before their scrimmage.

Coach giving the boys a pep talk before their scrimmage.

One of our boys (orange shoes) had the chance to run some drills with FAS during practice. They asked for the best player to come participate. HOW COOL IS THAT, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.

One of our boys (orange shoes) had the chance to run some drills with FAS during practice. They asked for the best player to come participate. HOW COOL IS THAT, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.

The scrimmage

The scrimmage

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The kids were pretty excited to meet the players afterwards. It cracked me up how shy some of the kids were.

The kids were pretty excited to meet the players afterwards. It cracked me up how shy some of the kids were.

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I went to the workshops one afternoon. Look at what the girls made in the bakery workshop. I really wanted one!

I went to the workshops one afternoon. Look at what the girls made in the bakery workshop. I really wanted one!

Sewing workshop

Sewing workshop

“Ashley, are you STILL eating that mango?!” Haha.

“Ashley, are you STILL eating that mango?!” Haha.

I went out for the weekend and spent it with my Salvadoran family!

I went out for the weekend and spent it with my Salvadoran family!

My friend and coworker. She’s the best.

My friend and coworker. She’s the best.

Since I hadn’t been able to visit them since October, we celebrated my November birthday super late in February! It was a great surprise.

Since I hadn’t been able to visit them since October, we celebrated my November birthday super late in February! It was a great surprise.

FAS came again! The kids got to cut class, with their teachers of course, to watch a few minutes of the practice.

FAS came again! The kids got to cut class, with their teachers of course, to watch a few minutes of the practice.

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I love this!

I love this!

St. Valentine’s Day celebration, games, and fun in the girls’ house.

St. Valentine’s Day celebration, games, and fun in the girls’ house.

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A cool view of the backyard.

A cool view of the backyard.

My girls and me right before we played “Amiga Secreta” (which is the same idea as Secret Santa)

My girls and me right before we played “Amiga Secreta” (which is the same idea as Secret Santa)

They had a hard time guessing who her secret friend was.

They had a hard time guessing who her secret friend was.

My nice haul after playing “Amiga Secreta”

My nice haul after playing “Amiga Secreta”

Later that night all the tíos and tías celebrated with our own little party.

Later that night all the tíos and tías celebrated with our own little party.

Couldn’t resist the cheese-opportunity

Couldn’t resist the cheese-opportunity

Haha. Pointing at “love”

Haha. Pointing at “love”

This is my friend and I goofing off per usual. He is one of the drivers and has accompanied me on many of my journeys to immigration as well as the 2 trips to Guatemala. We were having a little fun at our special lunch at the office.

This is my friend and I goofing off per usual. He is one of the drivers and has accompanied me on many of my journeys to immigration as well as the 2 trips to Guatemala. We were having a little fun at our special lunch at the office.

We had a special activity for the younger kids one afternoon.

We had a special activity for the younger kids one afternoon.

He’s so cute!

He’s so cute!

I gave my camera to a friend (one of the older boys is very interested in photography) one afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the pictures he took. These are awesome! Here’s just a bit of the flora we have around campus.

I gave my camera to a friend (one of the older boys is very interested in photography) one afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the pictures he took. These are awesome! Here’s just a bit of the flora we have around campus.

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Haha I love these two sisters. One always smiles in pictures, the other one, not so much!

Haha I love these two sisters. One always smiles in pictures, the other one, not so much!

He’s got a Knoxville, Tennessee shirt on! Wicked cool!

He’s got a Knoxville, Tennessee shirt on! Wicked cool!

Caught the boys hanging around and playing after a soccer game one Friday

Caught the boys hanging around and playing after a soccer game one Friday

Talking with my brother

Talking with my brother

Choir practice, getting ready for Mass later in the day.

Choir practice, getting ready for Mass later in the day.

Cutest birthday girl yet.

Cutest birthday girl yet.

The piñata was, well, decapitated. It made good fun for the rest of us!

The piñata was, well, decapitated. It made good fun for the rest of us!

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