David Ortiz continues to do a great job as director of the vocational school. The school has more students this year than ever before. Including all our areas, we are giving classes to 380 students this year.
David has also gotten some much needed help since hiring Kenis Sanchez to be the school's administrator. Kenis is our former auto mechanic's instructor and just finished his practical experience towards finishing his university degree.
We look forward to adding a welding course as well as auto body repair next year. We are grateful:
- Due to a special donation, we were able to purchase $5,000 of welding equipment from a vocational school that was closing their welding program in another part of the country. We have two young men from the Shalom Church who are preparing to help teach courses next year.
- We are grateful for volunteers. Carlos has been coming periodically from Tegucigalpa to help with maintenance projects. He is also teaching Ruben to do the repairs on the sewing machines. Carlos got the solar panels and wind generator working.
- A new instructor has been hired for the refrigeration course. He is also a local pastor. It is a real blessing to overhear him finishing the class period in prayer for the students.
- We have started 2 month mobile computer classes (from 7:30 AM-7 PM, Monday-Saturday) in the clinic property at our house. It has gone well. We had to do some remodeling to prepare for these classes.
- We still have not gotten any payments from the government this year. The school is owed around $35,000.