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Our days start at 7:15 a.m. when Holy Child Sisters, Volunteers and Dominican teachers travel over to our school in Batey Lecheria. Our driver, Belen, takes us from our home to the mission site each morning. As we arrive there the children we teach run alongside our van and greet each of us with a hug as we emerge. Holy Child Volunteers work directly with the children at our school by assisting in all activities.
We lead a structured school day for the children with time for stories, reading, writing, and math, but also fun. We work on developing patience, concentration, and other critical life skills in the children. We always set aside time for the children to sit quietly with their eyes closed listening to the world around them. Our day ends with our teachers sending the students off with a blessing. In all we do, we strive to create a warm environment filled with love and gentleness for the children.
Nutrition is key
We also ensure that each child receives a glass of milk, a vitamin, and government-issued bread, as this is often the only nourishment they will receive. Children who have gone to the public school in the morning come to our school for extra help in the afternoon. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, this is where you need to be. Our school day ends at about 4:45, when we travel back home. Read more about our home life.