Already Our Second Last and Last Day!

Our last two days have come much too soon.  On Monday, a small group travelled to the Dominica Site to visit a few more sponsored children.  The larger group stayed in Villeta and worked on finishing a variety of tasks. Tuesday was spent completing a few last minute tasks and saying good-bye.  We have all been touched by what we have done and seen, and by the people we have come to know on this journey.  It is our hope that you, who are journeying with us through this blog, have come to know a little bit about Chalice's CMAVIL Sponsor Site, and the people here in Paraguay.

Guide us along the way...

These are the grandparents who are raising their daughter's children after she died of cancer. Both are sponsored.
In a community of Indigenous families, a young mother gets water from the well. Three tribes live here on 15 acres. They were excluded from their previous location and have built homes and lived here for the past 6 years. The day after this one, 4 children from this community arrived at the Sponsor Site Office to ask if they could go to school. Sor Graciela prepared backpacks with school supplies for them. What a blessing!

Homes are typically built with mud (adobe) walls and a thatched roof (which is cool in the summer heat).  Here we saw these combined with other materials such as steel sheets, wood, plastic and cardboard.

Paraguay, Naciente!

We were told this morning that we had to be ready a whole half an hour early, because Sister Graciela was just so eager to get us to this particular community on our itinerary,  called Sol Naciente (Rising Sun).

She's particularly fond of this community because it is a relatively new development. Families have been given plots of land and they are building homes. The roads are unpaved and are riddled with ridges and mud puddles. It would be very difficult to drive anything larger than a motorbike on them, and that's after only a few days of relatively mild rains. Surprisingly these are better than the ones that they had had previously, and the sisters from the Site have been integral to those road improvements. There are no schools or medical services yet and the only convenience stores or take-out spots are small, family-run kiosks. Children have to walk 4 km each way to get to school. There is also no police presence, which makes the area dangerous at night.
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Today was a busy, busy, Friday!

Today our group split up.  One group stayed in Villeta and worked at the Open Centre and the Site Office.  The other group headed off by bus to the Don Bosco Site, and a number of home visits.  They were there for the entire day. 
Here are photos of their day:

Those of us who stayed back at the Open Centre and CMAVIL Site Office spent our time continuing with fix-it jobs, working with the children, and making cinnamon buns.