Fall 2008 Investigatory Trip, Los Frios, Dominican Republic

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Two young cousins who attend the local preschool sponsored by the Archdiocese of Orlando.

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Our home for seven weeks in Los Frios.  This is one of the nicest homes in the village, and the view from the front door is breath-taking.

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While in Los Frios I taught the children a few games from my childhood.  Duck, duck, goose (pato, pato, gallo) was a huge success, but because of the lack of grass, the children sat on overturned chairs instead of the hard red clay ground.

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A colmado, what we would consider a small convenience store, is the closest thing to a grocery store you will find in the village.  This one was owned and operated by our neighbors and received a microloan from Sur Futuro, a Dominican non-profit which operates in the area encouraging economic development.

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The mode of transportation up and down the mountain.  Often, young boys would catch the back of the truck and take a quick joy ride to the next small mountain town.

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Preschool has just been let out for the day and students surround me as I walk down the street, all asking me to play and take pictures.

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The local state sponsored school.  The schools are the most well constructed buildings in the area because they also act as hurricane shelters.  Each student also receives a uniform, not for the reasons normally given in the US, but because with a school uniform each student will at least have a shirt and pair of pants.   

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A friend who attended school but wasn’t made to sit in class.  He has a development issue which has not been diagnosed or treated, due to his family’s limited resources and the remoteness of Los Frios.

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The hands of everyone who helped construct the road that leads down to the Ecotourism building.  All of these workers volunteered their time and skill because they wanted to make a difference in the community.

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A 15 year old girl who stopped going to school to help take care of her younger siblings.  

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An example of the smiling faces I saw every day in Los Frios, despite the sometimes difficult days.  The positive outlook and genuine hospitality of the people was a constant source of inspiration for me. 

-Claire

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2 Responses to “Photos”

  1. Anita Roberts Says:

    I am so proud of you and Sam, Dwight, and I are so lucky to have you as a friend.

  2. Kenneth Watson Says:

    Bravo. It takes all the little things of that nature to make a difference. Being by example. Those are courageous and admirable actions.


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