Friday, March 9, 2012
It is hard to move to Kingston and leave this group of children. We teach reading to Marcus - he is 15 years old and will go to a night school in the fall. He has progressed from not reading to reading about 2nd-3rd grade level books - in 6 months! He is very bright and wants to learn all he can. He reads to the other children in his neighborhood - mostly cousins and other relatives. Brenda is the little crippled and mentally challenged doll - she has the happiest smile and personality - she gives me hugs and there are little fingerprints on my white blouses - and I love it! Most of these children we have given books to over the months - here they are playing on an ancestors grave - usually there is a goat on top of it!! I wish I could bring them all home - or at least guarantee they could all get a good education...sigh. the shacks in the background are where they all live...kind of a little family neighborhood. Brother Gayle is Elder Smith's 2nd C and his reading has improved also - he read the Sacrament Prayer for the first time last week. He is about 50, we have met two of his younger brothers - in their 40's and neither of them can read any ..but they are great farmers! Take a big truck of produce to Brownstown to sell each weekend, and support themselves. Jamaicans are remarkable at making something out of nothing!!!