As we stepped out of the van at Vida Chicoy school we could hear the sounds of energetic children playing in the courtyard. Rounding the gate, an explosion of cheering and firecrackers greeted us along with the kids holding each letter of WELCOME in English. More flowers than we could carry were thrust into our hands as we walked a path covered with pine needles and lined on both sides with more excited children. Another group of kids lined up for hugs and treated us to tamales and cups of cacao and pinol. Stepping into the classrooms we support, the students and teachers presented us with small gifts and told us about their students and school. An emotional and humbling reception fit for royalty. Precious faces and an experience not soon forgotten.
Video of Kevin visiting his class in Chicoy: