While our primary goal was to provide a bit of perspective for my child, I found the trip to be quite enriching as well. El Salvador is a very beautiful country, with warm, friendly, and hardworking people.
The kids were just awesome! They took quite a bit of pride in their appearance, with their white school shirts, well – white! Even with living on dirt floors, without running water, and having to walk miles to school, simply unbelievable, but true. And while visiting the school, you could imagine these kids anywhere, the shy kid, the brain, and the class clown.
The children were clearly loved and well cared for, and we spent some time with one of the younger groups walking the grounds, playing wiffle ball, and spontaneously leaping off of stairs… Seriously, this little girl with whom I had been walking just stopped and when I turned around leaped into the air without a second thought. And it is the spirit of that “leap of faith” and the hard work we witnessed that I hope this younger generation can help break this society out of the cycle of poverty with our continued support.