Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
were so slow last night that I could only update for Thursday before
they kicked me out of the Internet Cafe!
On Friday in Blue Creek the teaching group made monkeys and lizards
with the kids. While Mike D was there he noticed a pipe cleaner person
hiding up un the rafters from when he made them with the kids two
years ago! The kids got their rosaries and enjoyed a lesson about the
five senses! Peter read stories to the Infant class which they all
In Corazon, Rose had practiced two Reader's Theatre type plays which
the older students performed for the younger ones. All the village
leaders, including the Alcalde (basically the mayor), and many of thee
parents showed up for the festivities. The children performed
traditional Mayan dances and brought samples of their local favorite
dishes and explained how they were prepared. School was dismissed
early so the teachers and construction crew could enjoy a delicious
home cooked meal. They were served cal do and chicken.
The library is almost finished, half of the roof is complete and
supplies were left so the men in the village will be able to complete
Ann and Shannon visited the high school to present backpacks full of
school supplies to the four students who receive scholarships from All
Saints. The students were thankful for the visit.
In Otoxha the students had a presentation for the teaching team. They
started by singing the national anthem and then did some Mayan
dancing. They wanted Jerry, Anita and Kathy K to dance with them and
then show everyone their dancing skills! At the end of the
presentation they were given small gifts as a thank you for the week.
The students were dismissed early so the team could enjoy lunch in the
home of one of the teachers. They were served rice and beans and
chicken, and a delicious cacao drink.
The rest of the construction crew visited San Marcos so they could see
the finished library, they were glad to get to visit with the
principal and students.
The whole group took a field trip on Friday afternoon to Mr. Eladio
Pop's cacao farm. We all walked through a rainforest and were shown a
variety of interesting. Plants and herbs including ginger, lemon
grass, sugar cane, cilantro, fresh coconut, bananas, helaconia (wild
bananas)and limes. We also saw a gibnut (looks like a giant guinea
pig) in the the forest. After that we went to Mr. Pop's home and saw
the processing of cacao from the roasting of the beans to the mixing
of a delicious chocolately drink! The perfect end to a perfect week!
We got to Placencia this morning and spent the day on the beach. It
was a little cloudy, but very relaxing. We celebrated mass together
and are headed out to dinner. Some folks are sailing and snorkeling
tomorrow. And some of us are just planning to hang out on the beach.
We geared Atlanta is snowed inn, so we may never come home!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
day at our work sites. The construction crew was in the beautiful
village of San Benito Poite, an amost two hour drive from where we
stay, truly at the END of the road! If we walked another three miles
we would have been in Guatemala.The team will be building a library,
this morning when we walked up to the school, the site for the library
was an empty field. By the time we left there was a hole dug for the
foundation. The dimensions of the hole are 20 feet by 24 feet, about
18 inches deep and 20 inches wide. That doesn't sound too impressive
until you realize that this was dug through clay and MANY large rocks
with only shovels and picks. Tough work indeed. Tomorrow the team
plans to get the bricks laid for the foundation and the concrete
poured. There were many highlights of the day, but when a group
(gaggle?) of turkeys came up-three males and a female-I tried out my
turkey calling skills and every time I did the males called back!
Perhaps I have missed my calling as a turkey-whisperer.
One of the teaching groups went to the village of San Lucas. Ann,
Shannon and Father Don felt like they were going home-they taught in
this village two years ago-and report that the best part of the day
was visiting old friends. Many of the children remembered them and
they had a great day. They made edible cookie color wheels using
frosting and Vanilla wafers. They handed out flip flops to all of the
students, made pipe-cleaner monkeys with the children, and "walked"
the planets with the older children. Wow, that was all in one day!
Another group of teachers went to San Lucas. They had fun playing
soccer with the kids and Peter served as the toothbrushing
demonstrator, and after brushing his teeth eight times, we can truly
say that he has the cleanest mouth on the trip! One of the highlights
was when a pig ate an entire bar of soap!
Anne and Rose used their nursing skills to assist in the Health Clinic
in Santa Teresa. There is a doctor in the clinic during the week and
they were able to triage the patients and prepare them for a visit
with the doctor. They were impressed with the set-up and efficiency of
On Sunday we went to Mass in SundayWood. This was a special treat for
the returning team members as many of us worked on the foundation
several years ago. There was a visiting Jesuit priest saying Mass who
actually grew up in St Louis. We spent the rest of the day visiting
old friends in a number of villages and ended it at Muchaca lodge
where we actually could hear howler monkeys in the distance. Perfect
end to a perfect day !
For many of you who made donations, Father Don asked me to pass along
a special thanks from the children. The joy on their faces when they
receive new crayons or flip flops is something we wish you all could
experience first hand.
More tomorrow! By the way, it was about 85 and sunny here today!
We had a surprise at the airport when a bus pulled up and it was not our usual blue school bus we expected, but a true charter bus with comfy seats and AC and a bathroom! The new team members now think we have been stretching the truth about how we rough it in Belize. Spent Sunday morning, our first day in Belize, by attending Mass in the village of Sunday Wood. This is a village where past team members have spent time working. Here are a few pictures to enjoy!
-Posted by Anita Dutrow
Saturday, January 8, 2011
-Posted by Jaime Powers Ludwig
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
On behalf of the 2011 All Saints Belize Mission Team, I would like to thank everyone whose prayers, encouragement and donations will travel with us to Belize in a few days. Since 2005, our annual mission trips continue to build life-changing connections between volunteers from throughout the United States and friends in Belize.
We are looking forward to attending Mass in a church we helped to build in 2008 at Sunday Wood village. Because men spend the rest of the week farming and hunting, Sundays provide a rare opportunity to visit with families.
As trust and friendship with the people of Toledo District grow, so do their requests for assistance. Our construction crew will help to build a concrete-block school library in the village of San Benito Poite and complete a wooden library in the village of Corazon. We also hope to find time and equipment needed to address repairs needed in six elementary schools!
Three nurses traveling with us this year will assist in the hospital in Punta Gorda Town, a clinic in San Antonio, and a few elementary schools. They will also see home-bound patients as needed.
Those working with Socio-Economic Outreach will visit small business owners who have received loans through the micro-loan program at All Saints Parish. Others will document the process of jipijapa basket-making for Socio-Economic Outreach presentations. We will deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to ten high school students sponsored by the All Saints Scholarship Fund.
Our education curriculum continues to grow and serve more students every year. This year we will visit nearly 600 elementary school students in San Marcos, Blue Creek, Santa Teresa, San Lucas, Corazon and Otoxha! Our curriculum includes lessons in math, science, religion, language arts, health and hygiene, art, P.E., and music. We will deliver health and school supplies, plus items requested by principals. Imagine a classroom of children jumping and cheering when you walk in carrying a box of crayons for each one of them!
Our mission team realizes that we are the lucky ones because we get to experience hugs and smiles firsthand, wishing that by some miracle, everyone we know back home could do the same. We feel blessed to represent hundreds of generous friends who reach so many needy people in Southern Belize. As always, we will return having received much more than we delivered. Thanks again for all of your support and prayers!
All Saints Belize Mission Team Leader
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Please enjoy this map of southern Belize's Toledo District. This year the team will visit the following villages:
San Benito Poite
Punta Gorda Town
Saturday, January 1, 2011
All Saints School
All Saints Parish "Shopping As Jesus Would" Program
All Saints Rosary Club
Friends and Family of All Saints Belize Mission Team
St. Joseph School, Cottleville
St. Katharine Drexel School