The construction group quickly got to work on a chicken coup. These kiddos go through 1000 eggs each week, so not having to purchase those eggs could save a bundle. However, this is not going to be any ordinary home for chickens. We declared that it would be a chicken condo, or pollo palace for about 200 chickens. These guys had to dig up stumps and level the ground so that the crew that comes next week can make further progress. Tomorrow, they will start to build one of the two homes.
The rest of us were divided up to work with different groups of children. I had the privilage of working with the bunnies- they are todlers. Most of them are not able to exactly walk on their own, but set them in a walker and they can go anywhere! We had the best time just holding them, singing to them, and playing catch with them. One little one, Thelma, fell asleep on me after snack.
A few hours later and we fed them lunch. A few can feed themselves, but for the most part everyone partnered up with a little one. I fed a little guy named Brian. His twin sister Ashley is also at the center. Once we finished lunch, the children were put down for a nap. Then it was our lunch time. After we ate and the children were still sleeping, we had various jobs to do around the center like wipe down toys, organize the clothing closet, or wash dishes in the kitchen. I helped Sue from Orlando fold sheets.
Before we knew it, naptime was over and it was time to play again! However, just a short while later we had to say goodbye and head back to Antigua. The drive to and from the center is about an hour long, but it is beautiful. We are excited to get back to our 'bunnies' tomorrow. The women who work at the center are just amazing to take care of so many children. I am so impressed with how smoothly everything runs. God is at work in San Jaun as evidenced by their compassion for these children. Adios amigos! -Sarah