While Sarah prepared the soup, the rest of us helped the kids through the Isaiah paper eagle craft, and then played with them. These kids were very loving, showering us with warm smiles and touches and hugs. Every one of us got one-on-one contact with kids today, which was heart-melting. Guatemalan children are incredibly beautiful. They all have huge brown eyes and black hair. All the girls have long hair in ponytails or braids. Sadly, because of malnutrition and lack of dental care, their teeth are often missing or rotten. But they will look at your face for a long time and just smile.
Today we got to see poverty and malnutrition up close. One girl was slumped against a wall and wouldn’t engage or speak. Sarah sat with a boy who wouldn’t speak, and we learned from his teacher that the boy’s father is “machismo” and won’t permit the boy to speak without his permission. Nearly all of the kids we met today had rotten/missing teeth. The school itself had almost nothing. After we left the school we drove further up the mountain in search of another school a farmer had mentioned. It turned out that there was no road to the other school, so there is likely desperate need there but we couldn’t reach it. But on the way back down 30-40 minutes later, some of the kids we had played with were still walking up the steep mountain toward their homes (which are barely shacks).