We are learning. Sometimes it does not feel like we are doing it quick enough, but it does add up.
How we work out the day to day activities of the Milk Project continues to grow, as well as how to get the kids involved in those activities.
We started a little garden experiment behind the clinic in the new area we finished this summer with groups. What all will grow there is still in progress...but they are already able to harvest and use some cilantro.
They also continue to look for ways to get involved outside the building. Maria continues to want to instill in them not to litter and help take care of the neighborhood. Sometimes that means helping pick up trash on the streets...or here on the clinic property as well.
The avocado trees in Sampedrana may not get to be huge (they look more like bushes than huge trees) but that makes them much easier to harvest. Eventually we think we will sell some of them, but right now we are happy to use as many as possible right back in the mission, especially in the Milk Project in Sampedrana. We would not have the budget to buy these, and knowing how nutritious they are, it is great to get to see them added to their diet.
Working with people, trying to help people make life changes isn't easy. Last week one of the family's that has children in the Milk Project had major problems, with the estranged mother coming to their home at 11:30PM drunk, and threw their old, heavy TV, injuring two of her daughters. Maria took them in for the evening after their father asked for help, just so they could actually sleep.
Please pray for our staff and the kids. We don't have this down to a science, but we are trying to look consistently for new ideas, new methods, and new ways to help grow the kids and families in our areas, practically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
If you ever have ideas or materials you think we could use...let us know!