Distribution of the contents of three shipping containers was complete, with some clothing, medical supplies and other goods neatly labeled in the storage facility at the mission’s compound, Ni-Casa.
Renovation of a small building as a home for four Serviam Sisters, Blow said, delighted the women.
“They actually have a mattress to sleep on, a working bathroom, a fan, a ceiling ...”
Friday was hotter — and more humid — than Blow ever remembered for this time of year in Nicaragua.
It made very real what it had been like for the four nuns, trying to rest in two tiny, airless bedrooms.
“Sister Karla said it was so hot that they were sleeping on the floor, on the cement,” Blow said.
No volunteer fails to be amazed at the joy the people show, the gratitude for small improvements in their lives.
“It’s amazing,” Guay said. “The people are so thankful — it’s really heartwarming to see their faces.”
That gratitude blossomed with the very first mission after Hurricane Mitch in 1998 wreaked further devastation on the poorest of the poor in Nicaragua.
Mission of Hope was born soon afterward, and the consistent efforts in Chiquilistagua and other areas of the country grew trust.
There were hundreds of children in the Mission of Hope compound, Ni-Casa, for playtime Monday afternoon, showing in yet another way “how the mission is becoming well established in the community,” Blow said.
Brian Murray, a Seton Catholic senior, delivered rice and beans to people in the poorest barrios, incredulous that they could live in the tumbledown shacks made of tin and rotted wood.
And yet, he said he realized, “it’s still possible to have a lot of dignity.”
The mission’s work, he observed from his week among the poor, “is definitely helping.”
Education, as he sees it, is the greatest gift they can give.
This trip, his first, Murray met a 17-year-old boy named Harvin whose education was sponsored by mission supporters.
“He’s going to university for telecommunications,” Murray said. “We helped him become educated — it’s beautiful to see that.”
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