An innocent in the rough…

Escarleth is sponsored for Christmas!

The younger Escarleth living in the building, daughter of Eddy

I love all my kids at the building for different reasons. Some becausethey’re ornery and hilarious. Some because they ignore me but secretly love me. Some because they’re still sweet and innocent despite their past circumstance.

Escarleth is the eight-year-old daughter of Eddy and Eugene and Melvy and Genesis‘ sister. This little girl is a wonderful example of a child who has lived on the streets but kept her soft edges. She’s sweet and innocent when she as every reason not to act distant.

Corey (one our BC team) decided last night he wanted to teach kids how to read. Several of our kids never learned how to read.

We want to catch up (as much as we can) a few of our kids, Arol and Escarleth, so that they can attend the school where Corey also teaches. This is the same school where Dayana and her brother Jonatan will go in February.

We started with the alphabet last night. We’re first teaching them how to read in Spanish. English comes later. I have never taught anyone to read, only helped kids get better. And Corey doesn’t speak much Spanish yet.

Needless to say, it’s a bit comical to see two gringos who don’t know what they’re doing try to teach kids how to read.

But something is better than nothing, right? Yeah, that’s what we’re telling ourselves.

Escarleth wasn’t in the group we started with, but she came in later after we finished. We started with just a couple kids because we wanted to start small the first night. Escarleth quickly showed us the error of our ways. She asked me to write words on the board so that she could copy them. She wants so badly to learn, and we’re going to do whatever we can to help her.

Escarleth’s innocence and eager attitude is a tribute to her parents, Eddy and Eugene. She is a beautiful girl with a lot of potential.


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