A week and a half. I've been here a week and a half. It feels like it has been months. We have spent the first week or so moving, sweating, unpacking, packing, and unpacking again. After spending a year and a half in the States I think I got spoiled. I'm having to get used to the difficulty of simple every day tasks that were nonevents in the US. Going to buy groceries, making sure we have clean water, washing clothes, cooking a meal... all much more difficult here. It all takes a great amount of planning, where in the States, if I hadn't planned anything, we could run down to the nearest restaurant and grab some food. Esteven and I are both having to adjust to the heat and sun again. I was laying in bed fanning him with a washcloth a few nights ago, and when I thought he had gone to sleep I put the towel down and closed my eyes. All of a sudden I got punched in the face- and then again. I looked over and my sweet Esteven had the washcloth in his hand trying to fan me. I rolled over, kissed his forehead, and thanked him. These little moments are what keep me going. I've got three girls (Beticia, Naomi, and Reydelina) and Esteven living with me. The girls, although different ages, are all about on a second grade level in both school and life. I call them the triplets. They are all learning to read, and having lived in a home with 40 kids for most of their life, having one person watching them and enforcing rules is very different. They have all done wonderfully, but they are also having to adjust to a new kind of life that brings new challenges with it. We have moved into a rental house (pictures attached) and I am working on making it homey. With some tender love and care I am sure it will feel like home before too long. Our biggest and most desperate need right now is a mode of transportation. Sometimes I feel like walking, either in the hot sun or rain, is work in and of itself. We are hoping to be able to purchase a vehicle soon, but will need your help to do it! Overall the past 11 days have been hard, fun, hot, and full of love. We will spend the next few months settling in, and will hopefully begin to operate our other programs at the end of the summer. For now, I am taking it one day at a time, and enjoying the ride. It's not easy, but our mission, these girls, are worth fighting for.
Project 541 was established by Kayla Austin in 2013 as an organization geared toward empowering girls and women in La Moskitia, Honduras.