I have written before about our relationship with Health Initiatives Abroad (HIA). The group of volunteers from HIA put together a blog about their visit with us and you can read it by clicking here http://www.hiabroad.org/mission-amatongas.html. We know that HIA would not be able to do such great work without help. Thank you to everyone who make their mission possible.
|The first of many welcomes at the primary school|
A great big thank you goes to Chuck and Amy Saia at Backyard Adventures in Baton Rouge. Chuck is my classmate from Catholic High, 1984. Chuck and Amy also sponsor one of our orphans, Timoteo. Chuck and Amy donated all the equipment needed to build the playground. The playground is the first in Amatongas and the only playground I have seen in the whole area. Many kids have basically lived at the playground since its construction and I will post more pictures soon.
|Many spectators for the playground project|
|The playground makes a statement for the area|
|Donated health supplies, toothpaste and toothbrushes|
The volunteers brought donated soccer equipment and uniforms. Another big thank you goes to Bo Cassidy, Catholic High Soccer team and the Brother Martin soccer team for donating uniforms, balls and shoes. For the first time our students put on real cleats to play soccer. It was awesome to see.
|Donated soccer equipment|
|The volunteers received a huge welcome after Sunday Mass|
|Painting the primary school brings many friends|
|The volunteers ate their lunch and supper with the boarders|
|The volunteers take a break to do a little hiking in the area|
|HIA Volunteers on the day of arrival|