Monday Marilou and I attended an event at the Cristo Rey School where the KKIS Project has delivered school supplies for two years. We were last there August 20, the day after classes began. The transformation was wonderful. The outside walls of all the classrooms had been painted white and there were planter boxes in front of each, two ceiling fans had been installed in each classroom (and the electricity to run them), there was a new tin roof to replace the tar paper old one, a play house had been built for the children, there was a fenced in play yard with soccer goals and a truckload of cinderblocks had been delivered to construct a library and more bathrooms for the kids.
We waited in the sun for at least an hour with a lot of other people who had helped the school. Classes ended at 11:30 and the event was not scheduled until noon, so the kids were noisy in their classrooms. It was hot and we all searched for the little shade that was to be found. Finally, the President of Solidaridad arrived with his wife. They visited each of the classrooms, shook hands, donned hard hats, made speeches and finally settled the first cinderblock into place in the new construction.
It is truly wonderful to see these children receive education in their neighborhood. We will stay in touch and see what else we can do. I know they would love to have an English teacher.