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Swim Team in Paradise

This past week I was accompanied by part of a Swim Team from Williamsport Area High School (both my former High School & Swim Team actually). While they spent most of their time simply playing with and building relationships with the kids of the Garbage Dump they did take a few days and build me some sturdy tables and benches for the tutoring program I run there. I was blessed to have them there, it was a neat way to reenter the country and the community and I know the kids have been impacted...they're already asking when the swimmers will be coming back.
The following sequence of photos is the table building process but in the next few days I'll be posting some of the group's other exploits in and around La Ceiba.

we measured and cut the wood, bill (my father) cut the wood, at marta's house because that was the best place to get electricity. she also acted as night watchman going so far as to chase would-be thieves off with a machete.

the ever-smiling dariana

haley and dariana waiting for the wood to be cut

claire talking to someone inside marta's house

shaun and jakin trying to find relief from the heat

we then hauled the finished products up the hill to the building where they'll be used for the tutoring

taking a rest
team work
showing off
yet another break
sanding the tables and benches


and then painting

juan carlos, one of the sweetest kids i've ever known

the boys enjoyed helping out our girls

the finished product

tired and hot but satisfied


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