Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Family Visits

A powerful and inspiring morning, spent visiting 3 of the Beca Project families. These families lead such marginalized lives and the parents (there but for fortune go the rest of us) struggle every day to provide sufficient food and clothing for their families. For most of them, continued education and therefore hope for a different future for their children would be out of reach without outside help. I’ve chosen a few of the photos from this morning’s visits to post here.

With the girl Mike and I sponsor, Andrea, and her mother.

Looking at Andrea's art work.

Andreas's kitten.

Showing my photos from home to Rosemary and her mother. Rosemary is sponsored by our daughter Mariah and her husband, Greg.

Looking at photos with Jose Antonio and his family. Jose Antonio is sponsored by Sharon Paz of The Dalles.

Here I am talking with Jose Antonio about his grades. All 3 kids received good grades on Friday; the school year is half over.

This is a carving/painting Jose Antonio made in Industrial Arts".

I'll visit 3 more families tomorrow. HAPPY TRAILS!

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