Throughout the week the visitors talked about their experiences in the villages. One village was so remote and so deep down in a valley that, when they tried to climb back up, they were exhausted. One of the younger women couldn’t make it so they had to rent a donkey from a villager in order for her to make the journey. They also met several different people whose bodies were covered with scabies, a parasite which people get from dirty water. Two of the visitors were nurses and had brought some medicinal sprays which they used to treat it. One man had been walking around for five months with a broken arm. The team splinted it to keep it motionless in order to facilitate healing process.
This has certainly been a busy month. We reopened our little village school, St. Rose de Lima, on October 15. There have been a lot of changes made for the good of the children. I think the parents are very happy, too. We have 12 second graders and 18 first graders. Other parents would like to send their children but for now we just don’t have the space. We have also hired a Haitian from our parish to be assistant director. Both he and the teachers have been working very hard. I think they are excited about this new beginning. Thank God for that because enthusiasm is the key to success!