On January 22, after weeks of negotiation and meetings with leaders in Llanos del Pinal, Amy and Carmen received keys to Ixcanul Noj: the community center that now houses the Family Support Center. Since then we've been working hard to transform the backyard and two classrooms into a welcoming environment for the FSC kids.
|Before: The backyard at Ixcanul was overgrown with weeds and tall grass. We also found some dangerous trash like broken glass and sharp scraps of rusted metal.|
|After: Last Friday, four students, two long-term volunteers, Amy, and the FSC staff joined forces to fix the yard. Four hours of machete wielding and trash removing later, the space is in much better shape.|
|Though one of the classrooms had been painted previously, the paint was in bad shape.|
|A thorough scrubbing and three coats of primer prepped the room for painting.|
|The other classroom had never been painted.|
|A final coat of primer on Friday...|
|...made a great foundation for these bright colors. (Photo by Ashley Aue)|
|On Wednesday, long-term volunteer Dawn, FSC teacher Santos, and students Fiona and Annie put up the first coat of primer.|
|On Thursday, Pop Wuj student Janet joined Gustavo and Santos to put up a second coat in each room.|
|On Friday afternoon Andrew was one of several students who honed their machete skills in the back yard.|
|And on Monday morning Nick took a break from volunteering in the clinic with the |
Medical Spanish Program to paint as well.
We plan to continue working on the FSC all this week and open the project on Monday February 8th.