Things are going fairly well. We recently had a meeting to hand out report cards for the first trimester. I introduced the meeting and asked students what they learned during the trimester. We went class by class and reviewed some things so it was a bit of a time for them to show off in front of parents and for the teachers to show off as well. A visiting family had brought over 60 pairs of tennis shoes so as we gave out report cards, each child accompanied by a parent chose a pair of tennis shoes. There were still not enough, however. Distributions like that are always tough. But overall, everyone was very grateful for their tennis shoes. Here is a video of the meeting for the morning school.
We have an ongoing discussion with the landlord about using the yard next to the building for recess. Until now he hasn't wanted us to use the space because there is no barrier between our yard and the neighbor's yard and he thinks that students will go into the neighboring yard too much. He had said he would build a cinderblock wall to separate the two yards previously, but has not followed through. When he doesn't let us use the yard, there is no place for students to have recess. Having it in the school has caused a broken window. The glass is cracked but stays in place and we have not been able to repair it yet, although it happened months ago. We are always managing a pool of funds that are too small for the overall needs, prioritizing, etc.
One demand that continues strong is food for the school. This year we have tried to always provide at least something small like juice and crackers, but with a lull in student sponsorships coming in, this is hard to continue. But we really should not only continue but add onto it because despite the action we take and continuously take to provide jobs and job training for parents, kids are hungry. Things are so tough. And we all know that it is hard to sit and learn when you are hungry. There are many cases of malnutrition that the teaching staff and I truly wish we could help with by providing a healthy meal each day.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
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