|Waiting for the festivities to begin.|
|Lejla, one of the main staff members at Los Rosales. She is|
also our translator at the school and has been a great help!
She is very passionate about the work they do.
|Mirna, the school's director. She is an amazing woman who|
cares very much about her students and is continually working
to make their lives better!
|All the children did an excellent job with their parts, including|
these cute little jumping frogs!
|So many smiles!|
|This young lady didn't want to leave the "stage" when her|
performance was over!
|Waltzing during a scene from their rendition of Sleeping Beauty|
|A very sinister Maleficent! I love the king in the background!|
|A kiss from her true love!|
|The kitchen they have been using to|
feed over 150 students twice each day
|The eating area... they have been feeding|
everyone in shifts throughout the day
|The empty space for the new kitchen... before we started.|
|The completed new kitchen! Thank you to Addiko Bank for|
the generous donation to add to LDS Charities donation to
make this dream become a reality.
|The new seating area connected to the new kitchen. This space|
was renovated by several other NGOs and volunteers. Denny
loves the flooring, although it is a laminate and he would
prefer it in real colored wood.
|Everyone enjoyed the new space and delicious goodies. It will |
certainly hold more than the 12 students that
the previous space did!
|The sponsors wall! I loved the pallet as the canvas idea.|
|So honored to be part of this great project. |
We have met so many wonderful people
and we can't wait to go back and eat once the
students are cooking!
|The blank canvas...|
|Almost done...the platform was only slightly more stable, but|
he made it work!
|He was just a little excited to be finished!|
|It certainly brightened up the entry way! |
( if only that light fixture didn't block the picture!)
In addition to the celebration at Los Rosales, we were able to deliver new tablets to Mala Sirena, a center that also works with children with disabilities and helps prepare them for inclusion in the public schools. We spent about 4 hours doing training and exploring the various applications. The goal is to be able to give a voice to many students who are limited or non-verbal through the assisted and augmented communication applications on the tablets. In conjunction with their inclusive kindergarten they will also use the tablets for speech therapy, occupational therapy and educational purposes. They will be doing pre and post tablet use assessments to measure the outcomes for a group of students over the next few months and then we will work together to determine what will best meet the students' needs in the future. They are doing remarkable work in the community to assist children with special needs and working to bring about changes that will increase inclusion and create a better environment for everyone. It is amazing what determination and passion can make happen!
|A gift from our friends at Mala Sirena.|
|We changed the language to Croatian on one tablet during|
the training and left one in English for me!
|Alma, a special educator, working through a customization of|
one of the apps. They all feel the tablets will be of great benefit
to many of their students who have a wide range of special needs.
|I think it took us almost as long to get the tablets into the|
protective cases as it did to go through all the applications!
|While tablets are very commonplace in American |
classrooms and therapy sessions, Mala Sirena
will be one of very few schools in Bosnia to use tablets
for speech therapy and education for children with special needs.
|Edita, the speech therapist, is going to leave some of the English|
apps on so she can learn better English with her students!
We have several appointments scheduled in the upcoming weeks to meet with potential partners in search of our next projects. It is so hard to determine where to spend our budget. We just wish we could help everyone who is fighting for a worthy cause! There are so many unique challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina that are not apparent on the surface, but once we began looking a little deeper, there truly is much need here. Although we sometimes feel that we are running in circles, we feel very blessed to be doing the Lord's work. I know it will strengthen us both individually and as a couple as we continue to seek after projects that will help make the burdens of others lighter.