I asked who built the little school and who would fund it. The school, I was told, was built by the government. The government would supply books, supplies and funds for food and the teachers salary. I was confused on this as it seemed that the family had bought some supplies, back packs and uniforms for the children and were funding alot of improvements. They explained that the government says they will supply all the necessary items, but since it is a very small school sometimes the government might forget, and the school will need the occasional support of private families.
The dedication was to begin at 10:00 with lunch at11:00 sharp.. according to Lisandro. I am happy to say that the Ecuadorian custom of not starting on time was adhered to. I think the event finally got going around 11:00. We didn't even get out of the house until after 10:00.
|Something like, Educate the children and you won't have to punish them tomorrow|
There was a nice awning set up for shade, thank goodness, as it was a very warm day. All the important officials and main family were seated up front. The military were there in full regalia, the priest was there with two altar boys who played guitar music while those attending sang. The national anthem and I think local anthem were played and the folks sang with great enthusiasm. The priest performed a mass, and blessed the school. Speeches were made and then the best part. The children came out to get their back packs... all 6 children! Three little girls and three bigger boys.
|Kids with their teacher|
|Going up to get their backpacks filled with uniforms and supplies|
|I just loved this handsome fellow|
|A photo with some of the towns people and ME!|
|New plants with the new fencing.. yep barbed wire..|
|Shade, glorious shade!|
|Lisandro, important lady from Loja, Teresa, and the teacher with dedication plaque|
|People milling around after the lunch|
|This little sweetie's brother and sister are attending the new school|
|This is the mother of two of the children|
|These two are cousins, Carolina and Karen! I thought they both were so much fun|
|The best photo! I loved these sandals.. will have to go to Peru to get them|