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If you want to check out more pictures from the Travel Study, check out the Facebook page of our community development hosts, T.E.A.R.S. (True Evangelism Always Requires Sacrifice). The attached link is to their album's page. Any of the International Community Development albums will contain photos of our experience and interaction with the people of the Maria Auxiliadora barrio.
... factories (if you would like to know more about this, please ask your nearest friendly neighbourhood international economics major). Having talked to several Dominicans regarding their opinions about the American companies' involvement here, it is obvious that the system has its pros and cons. On the plus side, it creates jobs for people who live in the Barrios and can’t find any other type of work. On the negative side, the pay is typically very low, the ...
... however, the required student uniform and book costs prove to be out of budget for the families. It is a classic case of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; how can a family expect to send their children to school if they cannot manage to put breakfast on the table?
Thankfully, there is hope! Everywhere we turned in Maria Auxiliadora I saw signs of the progress that has been made through the work of our host organization, True Evangelism Always Requires Sacrifice (TEARS). In ...
... balls. I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, who do what has to be done, again and again. I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who stand in the line and haul in their places, who are not parlor generals ...
Today was a pretty relaxed day and much needed after a week in the campos and a full day at the beach yesterday!
After a late mooring wake up, I read more of Life of Pi (I am not that successful reading on the beach. It's hard for me to concentrate when there is the sound of crashing waves! I'd rather just sit and be relaxed! As I read, I sipped my Sobrino (like Nestle cocoa, but much better).
Breakfast was Fruit Loops which are much better than the Frosted Flakes ...