The day most anticipated by children is 3 KINGS DAY, one of the biggest traditions in the Dominican Republic. This is the day children receive gifts, not Christmas morning.
We visited one of our partners ASODIFIMO who was able to remodel their kitchen using Humanitarian Funds. It should help them do their work benefiting the poor a lot better.
We made the mistake of paying this young man $100 pesos to polish our shoes one time when we were walking the neighborhood. He now stocks our neighborhood waiting for any opportunity to polish our shoes. On this particular day he saw us driving in the truck 4 blocks from home and ran down the street following us until we got home. Well, we got our shoes polished again. He does do a nice job.
This is Mario one of our guards. He is a very nice man who usually has a gun and watches out for us the best he can. In the background is Jose, the neighborhood conundrum. He hasn’t tried to convince us he is God lately, but he never loses an opportunity to beg for something. He has a lot of people who stop by (or are stopped by him) who get lectures about life along with predictions and warnings, kind of like a palm reader. A financial contribution is of course expected.
Here we are at IKEA pricing out things proposed by one of our projects to help a hospital.