On Tuesday of Semana Santa (Holy Week) we invited all of the older Family Support Center (FSC) participants as well as former FSC teenagers to Pop Wuj for a morning full of activities. Because of program changes at the Family Support Center this year, the teenagers who are in basico and diversificado (middle and high school) no longer attend the center.
Taking advantage of the weeklong school vacation, 15 participants filled the Pop Wuj kitchen and TV room for one last activity before I return to the U.S. I have been the Pop Wuj Coordinator for over four years and prior to that a volunteer coordinator at the Family Support Center. During the last 10 years I have also organized Jóvenes Juntos activities for the older kids at the Family Support Center. This older group of participants hold a special place for me and I wanted to offer one more activity just for them without the younger Family Support Center participants.
Everyone arrived promptly at 9 a.m. (or earlier!), full of energy for the activities. We divided the group into two; half stayed with me in the kitchen while the other half went to the TV room with Ashley, another long-time volunteer and former Timmy Global Health employee.
In the kitchen we read through the recipe and quickly divided the tasks in the kitchen. We were preparing apple crisp so some teenagers started peeling and cutting apples while others prepared the dry ingredients. We made short work of the preparation and then washed the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen so that the second group would be able to get straight to work when it was their turn.
|Mixing sugar, butter, oats, flour, and spices|
|The apples were placed in a baking dish and covered with the other ingredients.|
|Photo by Ashley Aue|
|Intense Uno games. Photo by Ashley Aue|
|A real mastermind! Photo by Ashley Aue|
|Waiting for the apple crisp to bake!|
|The future of Llanos del Pinal!|