I visited a very poor fishing village today with Adam, who runs the camp, and Oscar, whose wife is from that village, is Nicaraguan and lives here with his family at the camp. A church from the states had sent money to repair a roof on a church there and Adam needed to inspect it and take some photographs. It is a remote fishing village and the roads to it are in sorry condition. They were having a celebration of thanks for the new roof and served sandwiches of white bread and spaghetti. What is shocking is that every once in a while you see a fair blond and blue or green eyed child – all their siblings will be dark and yet there they are. I imagine it must be very strange to grow up, a natural child so strikingly different. It really throws you off.

The school in this village is in great disrepair. The teachers all live in the village and have their certificates but this doesn’t necessarily mean a lot. They do not have to go to a college to get this and many are no older then 17 years.

This great need makes me ponder the sustainability of our pilot program in Buenos Aires. Certainly we have the manpower to continue and make it so. Roxanna, Geovany and David are all proving themselves capable of carrying on and being competent teachers of teachers. Patrick and the fostering of a relationship with Peace Corps volunteers can certainly contribute to the future success and spread of the knowledge learned. Fundamentally what is still needed is some seed money to help the project grow.

Once we have the solar panels in hand, (they took a side trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina), the recharging issue in the village may be resolved. The other looming question seems to be the issue of theft. My dream is for full saturation in the village (140 more computers) which would mean that everyone would know that the XO’s belonged to the children and I believe that this would virtually eliminate that concern. Full district saturation (360+/-) would even be better but lets it one step at a time. The children themselves express the desire to teach their siblings and friends what they know. I can easily envision a creative and innovative after-school program being managed by our already trained mentors and co-taught by them and our junior mentors. What a grand opportunity for fostering leadership, camaraderie and skills-transfer that would be.

It seems at the moment that the possibility of a safe room for storage in the village may be an immediate solution for future easy access to the computers for children. This would entail the access to some seed money. How wonderful it would be to announce to the children that their XO’s are truly their own. Some decisions need to be made. It would be a shame for the children to lose access once the pilot comes to an end.

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