Getting going again
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I know it's been awhile, but there wasn't all that much to write. Morgan has been in the States fundraising, and I've basically been biting my fingernails about all of this. Now I'm in San Jose again to help with getting things going again.
After having to leave the church, it was hard to try to figure out what, exactly, to do next. First, we wanted to just buy a property. I mean, it's just not that expensive... but of course, if you're a poor student who decided to start her own NGO, $10 or $20,000 is a lot to come by. We thought a bit too big, wanting to buy a gorgeous property that would have given us enough space to have a soccer field for the kids, but now we're just hoping for enough to buy a small lot eventually and build on it.
Because it's going to take awhile, we've decided to rent a little house for the program to be run in, and a separate apartment for the director so that we can use the most space possible for the program, and also have a separate storage area. The two things together will run us about $200 a month, including utilities, which isn't bad. But, you know, it's money. =P The kids are absolutely ecstatic about having their program back, though, and so that's enough inspiration to just keep at it!!
I've also met with the ELCA division for global mission here, to see if we can become affiliated with them. If nothing else, it would be great to have a support network for the director, which is definitely something that I was lacking during my time here. We'll see what happens with all that.
Otherwise, I've gotten to hang out with Marci a bit (who has, of course, been totally awesome)... Stephannie is absolutely humongous, which I guess is to be expected when she's now almost 2 1/2!! Victor is doing well, as is Maria Fernanda... basically, they're all just bigger.
We'll be making the big move on Friday, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the house's partition walls taken out before then, since that would make it much easier... but you know, it's Tico time. I hope it won't take too long...
Hope you all are doing well!
P.S. Donations are still being accepted at
St. Paul Lutheran Church (marked for "Costa Rica Project")
21915 Beech St.
Dearborn, MI 48124