Sorry that I still haven't put pictures up, but it seems I can't find any computers that will let me do it!
Ben and I went to Veronica's house yesterday to help her buy a propane tank for her stove
. She is about to get evicted, and it looks like I'm going to do a recital in order to have funds for a loan for her. Her rent is 30,000 colones a month -- about $60 -- for a moldy, windowless 8 x 10 room at the back of a building for her and her two kids (age 3 and 10 months). Everyone in the community is at some level of poverty, but the people in Proyecto Cristal, the small community within Pavas (within San Jose) where I'm working generally at least have windows. I'm going to pay her rent (out of my own funds, not program funds) for June and July so she doesn't get evicted, but I can't see where the solution is. She might be able to get a job, but she's second in line for the most promising one and she has to depend on another person not making it. Still, she says it's better than Nicaragua.
I've been playing Go Fish, Mancala and Jenga with some kids from the community and they're LOVING it! I'm so excited for when the program can actually begin!
I'll put up pictures soon; more later!
Well, Ben and I got back on Saturday afternoon to... nothing having been done in the apartment! It is so frustrating, and VBS is supposed to start on Wednesday. Tico time is not working for me, even though I'm usually the one who's 5-15 minutes late to stuff! (If it's supposed to start at 7, it'll start sometime between 7 and 8. If it's supposed to be done tomorrow, it'll get done maybe in a couple of weeks.) Marci's partner, Javier, is going to do stuff today -- like maybe finish the bathroom -- and with any luck, I'll have a window, too. It doesn't have to be perfect-- just done. (But they want it to be perfect. Measure once, cut 500 times!)