>Last night we received conformation that the DR closed off all borders with Haiti due to the Cholera outbreak. This is really devastating for Haitians that need to cross the border to get food, etc. and supplies needing to get into the country. It seems the DR government had plenty of time to prepare for this as water contamination was known to be inevitable with the Haitian conditions. Hopefully a better solution will be figured out quickly.
We went back to the church today. We had a bigger room and Bobby, a translator, to keep the kids in check. He basically did our job for us and it was awesome. I caught him, though, when one of the group leaders said “this is the hard part” and he translated it as “this is the good part.” When I called him out, he said he didn’t want to mess with their minds and keep them focused. The noise level here (everywhere here) is insane though. It was fun though.
In the afternoon, a few of us worked on decorating one of the kids’ classroom instead of blowing out our eardrums downstairs again. We made animales, meses, colores, y formas out of construction paper and wrote the names down in Spanish. After, the entire group took a tour around the community there (Los Alcarrizos.) I will try to post some photos soon.
We had a delicious dinner of pork, rice, vegetables, and fried sweet potatoes. We watched a little soccer (though they thought it was boring and complained about it being 0-0 at 90 minutes) and baseball. You probably know that baseball is HUGE in the Dominican Republic (a lot of MLB players come from here.)
Tonight we walked to get some ice cream (I’m sure my mother’s jaw is dropping reading this. Maybe with jealousy?) Coconut and Dulce de Leche if you’re wondering. Yum.
That’s all for now folks. Buenos noches.