Kids

Tree of Life photographs

Tree of Life photographs

    In a hallway to the tv room, on a wall in front of the boy's dorm, is a tree with kid's photos hanging like fruit. These photo's were taken some years back and the children have long since outgrown their photos, each day becoming something new, their...

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The Kid Meter At breakfast and at Play

The Kid Meter At breakfast and at Play

    The kid meter is shaped like a stop signal with green,yellow, and red lights. When the green light is on there are bursts of positive energy. Kids seek like minded playmates and act out dramas the length of the dining room. They stay out of each others...

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Haitian Broom and little boy Mich

Haitian Broom and little boy Mich

    The crack in this wall began after a contractor built a security grate of ironwork on top of the storage unit so thieves couldn't slip in at night and help themselves to someone else's food. The crack has dangerously expanded and weakened the wall, and,...

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Lucky Top Dog

Lucky Top Dog

    Lucky has had two litters. Her first litter was given away and taken at night when no one was paying attention. This second litter of seven is housed in a suitcase under the front porch of the guest house.  Besides the banging of mango's falling on...

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Work Day covering up septic tank and refinishing beds

Work Day covering up septic tank and refinishing beds

    There are volunteers this week, from Indianapolis, who lend fifty hands. On our work menu is covering up a newly installed septic tank, filling in a washed out area around the clothesline, spreading gravel in areas that get muddy and cause kids to track...

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Gwen graduates Kindergarden ceremony

Gwen graduates Kindergarden ceremony

    On this day, Gwen graduates from kindergarten at a local community center. It takes some urging to go on stage with her aunt April, but she walks on and is recognized.There are recitations by some of the kids, comments by teacher's and invited guests, a...

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Painted nails girls having fun

Painted nails girls having fun

    Today, Gwen wants blue toenails. She is four years old but has a mind of her own, like all of us. Today, Alma sits on the floor in a doorway and carefully puts a new more beautiful blue on previously red toenails. Every little girl needs these moments....

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Mosquito Fires farming in Mogpog

Mosquito Fires farming in Mogpog

    This old man farms seven days a week. He comes out early in the morning wearing flip flops, shorts, a long sleeved shirt and a baseball cap with a big brim.He has a machete in a sleeve on his belt and when he sees something that needs trimmed he pulls...

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Ghosts Buildings in Marinduque

Ghosts Buildings in Marinduque

    Buildings on Marinduque run the gamut from simple to complex. They can be as small as this tiny wood frame square box with a thatched roof, unscreened windows, padlocked front door, built off the ground, no air conditioning ,no electric, no plumbing....

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Down by the River wash day

Down by the River wash day

    Every day is laundry day in Mogpog. A few do their laundry at home in washing machines. Most do it at home in their front yards using buckets of water, one for soapy suds and the other for rinsing. Some few still go the river to clean their clothes,...

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Fish Tacos Best on Earth

Fish Tacos Best on Earth

    Tulum has two faces. There is the Hotel Zone which is a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels,and retail shops along the main road running along the beach all the way south to a biosphere nature preserve called Sian Kian. Then there is the Mexican town of...

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Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

    I hear and follow the rhythms. This gathering, at a Calzada street intersection, is a neighborhood parade of girls in traditional dress, a brigade of drummers, a crowd following the action. This little group is practicing for a much larger extravaganza...

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