Friday, February 14, 2014

Classes and Floods

Classes started this week here at Etnos with five returning students.  After three days of orientation, classes officially started yesterday.  I taught my first class, a two-hour introduction to the Culture and Language Acquisition course that I am teaching this semester.  I had fun!

You may have seen in the news that Bolivia is facing massive flooding again this rainy season.  According to official estimates, more than 52,000 families are affected in 110 municipalities (each with several towns/villages).

The government has declared a state of emergency and is diverting resources to help provide evacuations, medical services, and food where needed, but it is a big job.  

One of our coworkers began pursuing the possibility of getting involved a couple days ago and started making purchases.  Staff and students have been working together to get things ready. 

Supplies were purchased in bulk and divided for distribution

Students filling bags for distribution
Each bag contains flour, rice, noodles, salt, sugar, oil, coffee, dry milk, and sardines

We currently have about 1000 pounds of food and medicine in the Patrol and trailer, ready for delivery.  I will be going with seven other staff and students to hand the supplies over to a local church in the affected region that will be able to distribute them by boat.

We had hoped to leave early this morning but have been waiting to get permission to transport gasoline into the area, for the boats.  We've been unable to get it, but we're going to leave at 2:00 this afternoon and will see what we can do about getting fuel along the way.  It is about 6 hours' worth of driving.

Please pray for all of those affected by flooding and that the churches will be faithful representatives of our good God.

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