We headed off for lunch.
A chicken place.
We shoved all the menus and place mats out of the way for the now traditional game of memory.
Banesa asked if the game was destined for anyone in particular and although I had given it to Carlos to always have one on hand for tours, he graciously allowed me to give it to Banesa. How could you resist?
Then we were back in the van and off to the local tourist attraction.
Not some botanical garden although the flowers were nice enough.
The local Mayan ruins! (I thought they would be bigger). Having said that, the steps were really tall I had to wonder if the Mayans had really long legs.
It was a bit windy on site but thankfully we had some hats.
We had a walk around the ruins.
Banesa asked me what kind of ancient things we had in Australia and I explained that Australia and New Zealand are so ‘new’ that we don’t have ancient structures. I also have found it very difficult to tell the kids of any traditions that we have or what our traditional food is. I told the kids we that Kiwis and Aussies like meat pies but that’s as close as we got to traditional food.
We sat down out of the heat for a few minutes and talked about what Banesa wanted to be. She wants to be a professional, maybe a lawyer. Carlos told her about the Leadership Development Program (LDP) which Compassion has been running in some other countries and has recently started in El Salvador. Students with excellent grades can apply to a scholarship to university. Of 100 applicants each year only about 20 will get in. Compassion selects students they know will be faithful with the learning that is being entrusted to them. You can support a LDP student and encourage them through their time at university. Find out more on the Compassion website.
One day a Compassion sponsored child will grow up become President of their country. Will it be your child?