The month of April was, to say the least, awesome. A lot of fun and cool things happened here at NPH El Salvador, not least among them being Holy Week and Easter. Lent is my favorite liturgical season, but there’s something about Holy Week that I can’t explain. I love it! It was very neat to have experienced new traditions here with my NPH family.
Here is the month of April in photo review at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos El Salvador! I included a lot of pictures in this post (more than usual) because of how much went on and simply due to the fact that I cannot make a decision on which picture to use. I hope you don’t mind that (but really, why would you mind more pictures?)
Also, I should note that at some point after Easter, something happened with the inner workings of my camera, and now a black mark appears in the corner of every picture. Unfortunately I have not been able to figure out how to make it go away.
Paz y bien.
The boys are working (mostly) on some drawings, but near the end of the afternoon they spent more time goofing off than working, ha!
On our way to see FAS play! (FAS is a professional soccer team!)
Our special treat to the boys was going on the field. In this shot, the players are going back inside to change before the game. Those are my boys lining the tunnel. How cool!? The leading scorer in all of El Salvador is the guy in blue about to give out some high fives.
The story of my life – an unsuccessful group picture, ha. I got a few of the boys and some of the players looking at my camera.
It wasn’t actually raining, but she needed a picture with an umbrella. So we improvised!
With the boys and their homework assignment. Kudos go to the Tía who helped them make the very delicious pudín.
With the girls while they prepare chilaquiles…
The finished product, chilaquiles. I know it doesn’t look like much, but I promise you. IT IS AWESOME.
How the frontlines look just before dinner time.
Beans and cream for dinner, one of my favs.
The life of that beheaded piñata was short. There was still candy inside!
Going for a spin on the track! I gave some of the girls a ride later on because they don’t know how to ride a bike, but they still wanted to experience it.
Palm Sunday procession!
An NPH El Salvador Holy Week tradition is to go to the Lempa River. It’s a 2 hour walk from the foundation. This is a bridge you have to cross. Really. Haha. I opted to walk through the stream. On the way home, I walked across. It was mildly terrifying as you’d imagine.
She needed to borrow my shoes, but I wouldn’t let her until I took a picture documenting the stark difference between our feet, ha.
All 3 of the gallinas at the river. Gallina means hen in Spanish. Our nickname for each other happened because of a misunderstanding between the word for flip flop and the word for hen. The silliness will never go away, and the nickname stuck.
In order to cross the strong current to get to the other side, you had to use the rope that the year of service boys somehow managed to string across. They’re awesome.
I kept walking around making kissy faces with my algae mustache. The girls hated it, I loved it.
The boy in the middle had just basically fallen off his seat, which happens to be a water jug that caved in on itself. Haha.
Enjoying a lovely sunset. I walked home with 3 girls in less than 2 hours! We were very proud of ourselves.
Holy Thursday is my favorite! Washing of the feet.
On Good Friday, the year of service youth put on their production of the Stations of the Cross. We all lined the field to watch.
I love Pilate’s outfit. It makes me giggle, especially since this guy is always so serious!
It was awesome watching the guys put the crosses up, so very smooth and skilled.
This is the thief who defended Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him when he arrived in the Kingdom…well that guy happens to be my little brother, E, who said those words. Although Holy Thursday is my favorite of the Triduum, Good Friday ALWAYS gets me and makes me cry. I lost it, internally, when E said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” This time it wasn’t just words I heard from a lector. It was my brother, hanging from a cross, who said them.
Good Friday was…good…to say the least.
Veneration of the Cross
All of the year of service youth and Padre Ron being silly!
Blessing of the fire on Easter Vigil
I could make an album just from pictures from that night, titled “Boys who squint because of the flash.”
Easter morning’s only light at 4:30am was a path lined with these votive candles in sand.
Padre and the guys before Mass started
Happy Easter! The sun has risen, Christ has risen! Alleluia.
With my friend! He studies on the other side of the country, so we rarely see him.
Hahaha. This is a beautiful and silly picture.
The week’s other Peter Parker.
“This is my beloved family, with whom I am well pleased.”
One of the tías and her girls
Easter Sunday activities…I promise, she clears it and makes a big ol’ splash.
This kid is awesome. He asked to see the picture, and when he saw it he yelled, “WOW I LOOK SOOOOO COOL!”
Even the year of service girls got in on the fun.
I love the smiles.
I spent part of my Easter afternoon in the clinic because of a gnarly blister I got on our hike to the river.
More homework time in the kitchen, this time it was sopes! Delicious.
This year of service guy, who is not assigned to work in the kitchen, randomly stopped by and started helping the tía prepare beans without being asked. I love it! Yet another reason why my kids are way cool.
“Haciendo la paja” is what the boys told me (doing the lie, literally). The boys didn’t actually make the tortillas, the girls helped them ha. So I took a picture of them pretending to work.
Their final product was chilaquilas (though the name is only one letter different from what the girls made – see the earlier picture – it is in fact much different but still just as delicious!).
My best friend Katie Ann came to visit me for a little over a week. She’s so cool!
She made friends in the clinic too, haha.
Photographic evidence that I do in fact wash my clothes by hand…
…and then almost cry because the sun is shining in my eyes when I hang them up to dry. Ha.
Friends making friendship bracelets
After a few days at NPH, Katie Ann and I went to the beach!!! This is looking at the tide pool area at high tide!
First time for me swimming in an ocean, ever. First time for Katie Ann seeing the Pacific Ocean (I’ve seen it before but had only gotten my feet wet.)
Low tide! Such awesome views.
The tide pool when you can actually swim in it.
Let’s just say, I was nerding out after witnessing the tides come and go and what is left behind.
Lens kept fogging up, which annoyed me, but I did get some cool pictures.
Ah, if only that pesky black spot weren’t there.