What can I say about my impressions of the mission trip to
The kids were friendly and polite, the adults politely grateful for our
Monday is white uniform day at the school and to see all of the clean,
white uniforms on children who may or may not have running water in
their homes was amazing.
We walked the 2 ½ miles back to Goldi’s and met some of our patients
and Amiguitos children on the way. Outside of school they were
generally barefoot—in order to keep their shoes clean for school. Keep
in mind, the roads are unpaved and muddy. Water, if they have it, is
generally delivered via a hose.
These people are dignified and proud of their homes and their families.
They send their children to Goldi’s center for help with homework and
to learn English and computer skills.
At the Amiguitos school the children learn to keep their hands
clean—the water isn’t. They learn to share, to pick up after
themselves, to put garbage where it belongs.
When we went to Puebla for the excursion, the children who went were
polite and courteous—and this was the first time some of these children
had left their neighborhood.
Our group has a huge appreciation for the citizens of the Laguna
neighborhood and an admiration for how much they want to do with their
It has been a lot of years since I have felt called to do what I was
educated for and working with the young people at Amiguitos and using
my Spanish in a way where it was needed was truly a blessing for me.