Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hogar de Niñas 90th anniversary

Drummers from Instituto San Cristobal Drumming for the tipical dancing
Our Bishop getting ready to celebrate the Mass

Kitchen Crew preparing the lunch

Here I am in front of the beautiful flower arrangement that Funda Niños sent us

The entrance with people signing in

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Easter Lunch

Here we are at Pencas an great restaurant nearby with views of the bay. Susy and Ana like it because there is face painting on Sunday.


Ana and Rosa. Ana is Susi's sister and they plus Rosa spent Holy Week with me. Susi and Ana cannot stay with their mother but I picked up their mom and two siblings and they had a great visit at McDonalds - a tradition when they are here with me. Rosa has been with us for 11 years but we couldn't find her mother (they - the director and secretary at the home couldn't). We had not had contact since January. I found her and got her to come to the home to visit Rosa and take her to the health center. Rosa is special.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Good Day with Tutoring

Sorry, no picture! I have to get help with that again. Today we had 7 seniors from Collegio La Salle to help with our girls who need the most help with school things. Two of our 7th graders have quizes on Monday so they both got a tutor. One worked with 2 of the 3rd graders. One worked with Jenny, also in 3rd grade. (She needs more help). One worked with our 11 year old second grader who went to 1st grade years ago. She is doing ok. Grifina is improving a lot in 1st grade and she worked with her tutor. Angie, also 1st grade worked with her tutor. They are both improving and in addition to working on homework they had a cutting project and a cut and past project and a coloring project as their skills there need a lot of practice.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


susi with her new glasses. jenny, also in third grade is beside her.
we have new play equipment. the slide plus 4 swings and a set of monkey bars

here is ana, second grade, using the multiplication program.

rosa, one of our new girls, at the computer.

here is one of our newest girls using the new computer. she is practicing multiplication with a free program on the net.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Yesterday I got up early and went out to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. You can read about at at I climbed the tower with a rest at each level. On the way up I had a beautiful view of a broadbilled motmot. At the top we saw a blue cotinga, a fruit crow, some migrating broadwinged hawks, two titryars flying by. We were way above the tops of the trees looking down on them. Of in the distance we saw a boat passing through the canal. It was a very quiet and restfull experience. Back at the visitors center I sat and watch many many hummingbirds feeding at nectar feeders. Themost common feeder had beautiful white tail feathers that flared out to the side. It was a wonderful relaxing day.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

School starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the first day of school and I hope to take some pictures! Please keep the 1000s of girlsand boys going back to public and private schools here in Panama. The school year ends in December.