GLP Tour Participant Joni Ellis Shares Her Experience
Rotarian Joni Ellis wrote to us after returning from the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) Tour in February. Here's what she said:
Hi Everyone at CoEd,
It's been difficult to get you out of my mind! After returning from Guatemala, the children continue to enter my thoughts and dreams. When I'm supposed to be working, I find myself fine-tuning my presentation that Mary Anne and I plan to give next week to our Rotary Club.
Joni takes part in the Textbook Program inauguration at Chuabaj.
It was a wonderful experience, and one that I will not soon forget. Your projects are professional, effective, and orchestrated like a symphony. It is hard to answer the question of what was your favorite thing, or which event touched you the most. I've already answered that in many ways.
One time I replied it was watching the primary teacher read a storybook, knowing that the children had not previously been read to, much less been taught to read. The second time I responded it was witnessing a 5th grade lesson of copying a colored circle from the chalkboard. Later I replied that the most touching was the children. And yes, I can assure you that those children grabbed my heart and are still holding on. I can still feel their little arms wrapped around my neck at the primary schools and linking with mine at basico [middle school], those brown eyes looking at me with unconditional love.
The profound difference that CoEd is making in the lives of the Guatemalan children was as obvious and bold as the trajes [traditional clothing] that they wear. Thank you, CoEd. Our paths will cross again. I will be doing my best to spread the word.
Keep up the incredible work. Your work and your staff are fantastic.