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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

One group member asked about the children we receive. She wanted to know where they came from and what the court system was like. (By the way, feel free to ask questions. Email them directly to 20.vicki@gmail.com)

Vicki mentioned last time about the eight children from Xela that we got because we offered to take a few, trying to help out. They are desperate for places to send children and we are one of the few places still taking them. They tried to send 13 and Pedro pled that we had no beds, only cribs left. We did not want to take too many teenagers at one time. When teenagers come from the courts they have usually been severely abused or out on the streets (probably doing prostitution). A 25% increase in unruly teenagers would have been disasterous but luckily these kids had all been in an orphanage and were well mannered and little trouble. They did , however, come with only the clothes on their backs. The other ones were left at the old orphanage and are unavailable. We have scurried all week to find clothes and shoes and rain gear for these kids. Not to mention the extra money for food.

We seem to be at a critical junction because there will be many, many more children in desperate need of our services as the economy winds down.
Pedro just told us the courts are sending us a malnoruished 3 year old girl tomorrow and a 5 year old girl who has been physically abused by her dad.
We have had rain for 5 days and are told it will contiue for 5 more. First it was tropical Storm Alma coming from the pacific. Now it is tropical Storm Arthur coming from the carribean and going inland. The mudslides have already started and we don't know where it will end. We are trying to increase our storable food supply so anyone who wants to donate grains, cans of meat, dried milk, or dehydrated fruits and veggies, they will be much appreciated.
For those of you who put stuff on the container from Utah, I have had word about it. It has arrived and Julio, the main recepient of the items is trying to gather the money to pay the taxes. They were like $4000.00.
Good news and thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts. The judge told our atty. today she would write the letter we need to unfreeze our passports. He will pick it up tomorrow.

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