I went to the school today to take my friend Carole, her mother-in-law Janet and the kids to drop off donations that Janet had collected for Holy Cross. She brought so many wonderful things including big crayons that are easy for small hands to hold, tooth paste & brushes, puzzles, stickers, hand made knit toys by a woman at her church and much needed bowls and cups in bright Caribbean colors.
It is Easter holidays for the kids right now, but many of them were hanging out at the school as a group from the states arrived Sunday and came to volunteer with carpentry, painting and bible study. It is not often you see kids excited to go to school during holidays, but the kids were so happy to have these folks spend time with them. It is important that they have the option come to school over Easter break because the area where many of the students live is not really a place where they can run around play and just be kids.
San Mateo is an area of San Pedro that many never get to see when they visit the beautiful island paradise of Ambergris Caye. It is right across the bridge to the north and behind Holy Cross School. Many of the students that attend Holy cross live in this area. Most of the houses are made from found materials and are not in the best of shape. While there is some running water in this area they get it for maybe a couple of hours a day and there is no sewage system.
My walk to pick up Carole Janet and the gang, the school, San Mateo and back was 2.04 miles which = 7186 steps. That works out to 41 minutes of aerobic activity and 4165 aerobic steps. No wonder I was ready for a sandwich and fresh pineapple juice when I got home.