Today is our final day at the ranch. We visited the schools this morning and were greeted by the high school children with balloons. They lined each side of the road leading up to the school and clapped for us as we proceeded up the hill. We were invited to attend their assembly and they sang their national anthem. We were advised not to clap afterward. We were asked to sing our nathional anthem, which we did, but we clapped for ourselves. We also did the hokey pokey for them. They loved this. Afterward, we heard speeches from several people about what the computers would mean for them. Richard showed me the grounding rod that had been installed yesterday and it was perfect. We traced the wires to all 4 outlets. We both felt very secure that all computers would be safe. We gave them the candy that we had brought and they were very happy. We next went to the grammar school and it was pandemonium once we arrived with our goodies. The fifth grade class invited us in their classroom where it was very dignified. They served us drinks and cake and gave us candy and crackers to take home with us. Many in this class could say thank you in English. I think they had been practicing. We next went to the village of Las Delicias where we were entertained by the children at that school. This is the town that we built latrines in. I saw my friends Christina, Maria and Dena, as well as many of the children that I had seen the day before. Christina was crying because she knew we wold be gone. She has dressed up and put on make-up. They sang us their national anthem and we sang ours. Then we did the hokey pokey for them and they laughed when we put our backside in. They gave us some pottery to take home with us as a remembrance of them. The little boy that was in the wheelchair insisted that I drive him around. This was great fun for him, but it was hard getting him around in the yard in the wheelchair. We said our goodbyes and it was very quiet in the van on the way back to the ranch.
We arrived in time for lunch and ate a hearty lunch. We were met by 4 Rotarians of the Jutecalpa Club and had a wonderful conversation with them. They were afraid to come through the Corridor of Death, but found a government vehicle to bring them. I hope they arrived home safely.
We then got ready for a trip to the water falls, which we had been promised. We drove forever it seemed down some terrible roads. We bottomed out twice and had to look behind us to make sure we hadn’t lost our oil pan. We also think we saw a drug lord’s compound. We did see the home of a drug lord that is serving time in federal prison in the United States. We arrived at the falls and there were probably 8 little boys that were diving off the rocks and swimming in the water. Several in our group had their bathing suits and went in as well. They said the water was ice cold, but you did get used to it. A couple of them also jumped in the water. I didn’t get in. We stayed for about 45 minutes, then drove back to the ranch for showers. We checked our heads for ticks, but found none, thank goodness.
We all assembled for our last dinner at the ranch and then shared what the trip meant to each of us. It was very moving. We were given our invitations to the presidential palace for a party tomorrow night. The dress is formal, but we will wear what we have. We will get up earlier than usual tomorrow, so we can make an extra stop. Our princess for the day was Christine and well deserved.