TOM’s shoes touching a life
Today we presented the educational campaign and the mural to the 1st
through 6th graders at the school we have been working with this week
and I couldn’t be more proud of the UW Oshkosh students and all the
OYE scholars that made it happen. Everyone did a great job and we were
a big hit at an extended recess dance party. The reception that we
received from the young students and teachers was heartwarming. I am a
big supporter of TOMS Shoes and I often use the story of the company
and the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie in my
leadership curriculums. Seeing “giving pairs” of TOMS on the students
feet remind me why I passionately support this company and those that
work to break down the barriers to equal access to education. Shout
out to Amanda Hall from OYE for making our trip such a success. We are
Emily and the kids!
OYE has been absolutely amazing! I love the organization and everything that comes with being involved! The scholars have been awesome! They understand I am horrible at Spanish but have slowly helped me get better and I have also been helping them with their English! I was so happy with how the mural tired out! It took a couple of days but it turned out awesome and all the kids loved it! Today we spent the day in the escuela with the students. It has by far been one of my favorite days! The kids were excited about the mural, game, and song. Once we were done we were able to hang out with the kids which was awesome! They love getting their picture taken. I can’t believe this trip has come to an end so quickly! I’m going to miss everything but for now I am going to live up the last day!
I’m sending a shout out to all the kids I met today! You have truly left an imprint on my heart!
Finished with our projects!
Today was the absolute icing on the cake. We presented our hard work from the week the children at school and it was so rewarding. We presented to the morning session first and then the afternoon sessions. We took two grades at a time. First the mural group unveiled the mural they made and explained its significance to the kids. Next the campaign group sang their song, showed off the new trashcans, and played a game with the kids where they categorized different types of trash. To end the presentation both groups did face painting on the children. They loved this part and went away covered in drawing. They ended up on their cheeks, foreheads, and arms.
Here come the kids!
Checking out the mural
Playing the recycling game
After the presentation the OYE radio program set up some music and we were able to hangout with the kids during their recess. We had a blast dancing, taking pictures, and playing games with the children. We had a chance to talk to them and to laugh with them. In the end we received many hugs and all the children asked when we’d be coming back. This was the moment that really touched all of us during the trip. We actually made a small difference in the lives of the students.
Katie and Emily with the kids
Stephanie with the kids!
We also were able to peek our heads in a classroom. It was full of desks that were recently donated. There was no air-conditioning and the windows were open and barred. There were fans hanging from the ceiling. The room was pretty plain although it did have a few bulletin boards. You could really see the lack of resources the classroom had, but it looked like the teachers and the students made it work.
One of the classrooms
In order to celebrate our big day we went to the scholar Oscar’s house for dinner. His mother made baleados; which is honestly the most delicious food in all of Honduras. There are many different toppings that you put in a tortilla. There were beans, cheese, eggs mixed with tomato, special Honduran sour cream, and chicken. It was absolutely delicious. To end the night we had our own dance party, with disco lights. Tomorrow is our last full day in Honduras and none of us are ready to leave this place!
Oscar with the baleados
Mike and Oscar dancing
The group at Oscar’s house
Words from the Guatemala Crew
Hello there! For this post, I’ve asked the team to say a little something for you all about their experience so far. Here goes!
Carter: I’m really enjoying all the 80s music they play here.
Nikki K.: I like how everyone says hi or waves. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly.
Cassy: I can’t decide what my favorite thing is because everything has been so wonderful. I’m not coming home. Sorry parents.
Sophie: I like all the nice puppies, the nice people, good food, good times. Right on, right on, right on. *mumbles boo boo boo*
Mike: I’ve enjoyed watching everyone experience Giatemala for the first time and I love the sun.
Daniel: I like speaking Spanish. And I like all of the sounds. I like the sounds. And the fireworks. And the dogs. And the chickens. And being called a Gringo everywhere.
Amber: I enjoyed hanging out with Timoteo a lot. We hung out with him for like 3 days straight. I like that his face is on my coffee. It just makes my life.
Taylor: Me gusta galletes. “He went to Francisco’s”.
Kari: I like how nice everybody has been. I had a tiny conversation with Francisco today and told him his house was very beautiful and he said it’s your house too. It was cool because I didn’t need help saying it in Spanish!
Nikki R.: It’s been great! I’ve loved experiencing it all and being here.
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I did not have time to blog about yesterday because we were having too much fun but, I will tell you now!!
Yesterday we went to the capitol and got a tour!! And we also got a tour of the Library of Congress. I also managed to get up close and personal with Abraham Lincoln!!
At night we helped Gonzaga and DePaul serve the peace meal for around 200 men, women and families from all over Washington D.C. It was a great experience! We got the opportunity to really get to know some of the people we were serving by talking and eating with them throughout the night. So many of the stories made us realize not only how widespread the issues of hunger and homelessness are, but how easily any single person might be affected by these issues.
After the meal, our group reflected on the experience and talked about how it has impacted our lives and shaped our stories moving forward. Overall, today was a great day – we learned so much about America’s story, our own personal stories and the stories of those around us who’s stories do not get heard often enough.