Friday, May 25, 2012

New Look to School Thanks to África Directo and Fundación Profesor Uría

Boarding students show off new sign thanking
África Directo and Fundación Profesor Uría
Finally, the painting is just about completed after the front and back of school were completed this past week.  Carpentry work continues on the library and teacher work room. Thanks again to the great people at África Directo and Fundación Profesor Uría for their help in revitalizing our school. As you can see from the pictures, the students are incredibly happy with the new school and want to show their appreciation and thankfulness for all that has been done so far.

Sign placed on the side of the school building

Back of dorm and school with new paint

Front of school after new paint

Students show their appreciation to 
África Directo and Fundación Profesor Uría

Friday, May 11, 2012

Birthdays, Soccer and Farm Update

Every two months we take time out to celebrate our resident students birthdays in a special way. Last week we celebrated 12 birthdays with cake, soft drinks and the always special Mardi Gras beads.
Happy Birthday to our April and May birthdays

All you really need is a coke for a party
Birthday boys sporting Mardi Gras beads

The birthday boys love the beads so much
that they wear them for weeks after

The brothers help sponsor the hugely anticipated soccer league that began play last week and will continue for the next few months. Our resident students are wearing new uniform tops provided by our community of brothers in Brazil.
Resident student soccer teams with uniforms donated from Brazil

Our soccer field
 We began harvesting the beans on the farm last week. This process will take a few weeks to complete and hopefully provide enough beans for the remainder of the year and maybe even some to sell at the market.
Our beans close to harvest
 Our new vegetable garden showed its first benefits to the resident student dinning table this past week. We are presently growing tomato's, cabbages, onions, and something like collared greens/spinach called "couve". This great addition to the farm will hopefully save us much money and time spent buying these items every day.
New vegetable garden

Our latest goat

Friday, May 4, 2012

Confirmation and New Light

At the end of his week long visit to Amatongas Bishop Francisco Silota confirmed a group of parishioners including 3 of our resident students.

The full church on confirmation day. Notice that we are missing
two statues where the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary should be.

Bishop Silota confirms one of our resident students

Bishop with resident students and sponsors
Bro. Lucas and Bro. Fabian sponsored two of the residents.

Also, more new lighting was installed in the last week making the night school in Amatongas a little easier to navigate.
New lighting of the resident student stairway

School walkway at night, now lit up.

Future infirmary with new lights

Resident students enjoy new lights