A Weekly Journal Chronicling My Life
As It Intersects With The Garbage Dump Community Near La Ceiba, Honduras

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Start of Something Great

Club Deportivo Los Laureles had their first start yesterday, we came up with 2-1 loss but they played great and we came away with our heads held high. We'll keep you posted with how things progress.

Standing L-R: Eli, Tati, Moye, Lauro, Oder, Chamu
Kneeling L-R: Pato, Eduar, Kevin, Dino, Duke

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Making Due

Elwin found a single roller blade in the community yesterday and thought to test it out...it didn't go so well.

a running start

you can't see it but he's on one foot

crash landing

kind of repenting of the whole venture

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

And Now For Somtheing Completely Different

mixing paint for our building project in the community. i like the colors.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Training Day

Sunday after church we loaded up about 35 of our finest soccer players into a cattle truck loaned to me by a church member and we headed off to the beach...not to swim mind you but to take advantage of the regulation-size field that sits just on the other side of the dunes. The field that we have available to us in Los Laureles is pitifully small and just doesn't get the job done especially when all 37 of our kids show up. Thus when the opportunity becomes available to us, or when my local rancher friend isn't hauling cattle off to slaughter we take the kids to local municipal fields to give them a feel for what it's like to play on a large field.

our putting-green that we have to play on in the community

getting warmed up at the beach

stretching, you have no idea how beautiful it is to see these kids this organized

pimpona, not his real name or a member of the team, looks on patiently

receiving last-minute instructions

konrad entertainign himself on the truck

the beach...that we never got to enjoy


5 of our youngest, kind of doing their own thing

Monday, March 22, 2010

And The Rains Came Down...

...and i've got a case of the mondays

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Cleaning

The rains, which we thought had passed on for the season, came back with a vengeance last week and put on hold a bigger project that we've planning recently. The founders and continuing caretakers of the building that we now use on an almost daily basis here in the community had given us money to get it painted. We had thought to begin last week but when the rains moved in we had to postpone for a bit. Saturday though Marvin and his trusty band helpers began painting in earnest and should be done both inside and out within a few days.

nonstop rain

water water everywhere...and you couldn't pay me to drink it

we hit upon "melon" for the color outside

marvin...he also did our steps

for the inside we went with "mint green"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We Makes Our Own Fun

A pathetic little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree came off of one of the garbage trucks here the other day and some of the little kids immediately snatched it up and began to decorate it. They wrapped it in some salvaged beads and topped it with a styracosaurus to sit in for the Angel. I told Konrad that he should lead us in a round of Carols and a retelling of the birth of Christ but he declined.

the tree

the styracosaurus brings us good tidings

merry christmas

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yet Another Thursday With The Children

Our Wednesday activity worked so well with the older kids that we decided to duplicate it with the Thursday crowd and have them color with chalk on the floor of our building. The kids became transfixed and really enjoyed it.
belinda trying to coral the girls into their coloring circle

even my helper roberto joined in

the boys were surprsingly calmer and more focused than the girls

konrad guarding the door

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Soccer Practice

So I had to stay late today in Laureles. It seems our little soccer team has formed rival factions and the smaller, quieter, more easily offended bunch who all live next to each other have simply stopped coming to practice on a regular basis. The coach, bless his heart, despite his talents has done nothing to discourage this rivalry and so it fell upon me today to round up the vagrants and try and patch things up. It went easier than I expected but I'm not holding my breath that this arrangement will keep up. This is a group of jealous and hotheaded kids and if tensions didn't flare today they will almost assuredly do so tommorrow. Anyway, in that this is the most organized I've ever seen these kids I took the opportunity to take some photos.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Devotional Wednesdays

Today we taught the story of Noah and his Ark. We acted it out with a couple of volunteers and a swath of cardboard that served as our Ark. Afterwards we handed out colored chalk and instructed our buddng artists to recreate the story of Noah and his menagerie. It started out well enough...as it always does, but it quickly devolved into the writing of bad words and racey pictures. These kids are nothing if they're not predictable.

writing calmly on the steps

and on the neighbor's wall

konrad with his erstwhile friend chita

abel admiring his work

the finished products

A View From The Top

I've always wanted to see how the garbage dump works up top but have always been hesitant to ask the favor of the garbage workers. This past week we got up the nerve and went straight to the owners of the dump to ask if thy might show us the inner-workings. They readily agreed and gave us the grand, 15 minute tour.