We have a new outdoor stove.
The previous one was old and rusted on the cook-top.
It required a lot of wood to keep it hot-which means a lot of time collecting it.
It also was not vented properly which mean a lot of inhaled smoke most of the time.
Now, it is pretty and new and safe. It uses only a little amount of wood due to the coals inside that heat up and hold the the heat for cooking. These are not like charcoal, it is a stone of sorts. They do not need to be replaced for years. And it is well vented so all the smoke goes up and out!
Doris and her children Christian and Gizelle! We are excited to have them all moved in.
Kevin was first introduced to Doris on his trip in January. She and her family were living in a casa plastico = a place in an alley behind some businesses where they put up plastic tarps and some sheet metal.
Kevin was able to find them again a few weeks back and we have spent some time with them over the days following, earning their trust and was able to get them moved into a new fresh start.
They are living in the apartment where all the fruit trees are located.
Christian is 9 years old. He loves futball and playing with his friends. He is active and seems to not let the things of life get in the way of just enjoying being a kid (more on that in a future post).
Gizelle has just turned 14. She has finished escuela basic and is ready to move on to Collegio in June.
Doris is full of the joy of the Lord and is thankful for this new start for her family.
Thanks to some great new friends we had a house to move into the day we arrived. It was a brand new duplex There were 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on each side with a small living area and a very small kitchen space in each.
There was an walled in area to park cars and each had a pila in the back.
A pila is a Honduran washing machine. It is a cement sink type structure with a washing board on one side for scrubbing clothes. I was fortunate to purchase a washing machine our first week here and have not used a pila yet.
LEFT: View of front, each door goes into a side.
BELOW TOP: view of one side living/kitchen area
BELOW MIDDLE: our family bedroom the first few nights
BELOW BOTTOM: toy room :)