I mentioned in the last post about IGL’s holistic approach to life. That was evidenced further today after I took my tour of the campus. Overall it was very neat. All the buildings are paid off and have been built using materials generated from the campus. They form bricks, do some metal work, and pay for the workers by money donated and money generated from what they sell in the community. The campus has a fence with several gates around it tho there are also building out on there own. One such building is the school. 1st thru 11th grade is housed in a building atop a hill. The scene is surreal with a mountain raised high in the sky just behind them. School is out at the moment so it will be neat to see when all the kids are back and fill up the school and the playground around it:)
They believe in education enough to provide a community college as well as a nursing school. Because of donations they are able to offer health care at a fraction of the actual cost. The hospital is also fully paid for and does cancer treatments as well as other common surgical procedures. In the middle of the hospital is a beautiful, peaceful tree garden with bright flowers and shade trees and benches. I will be working primarily as a communications teacher in the college. I look forward to this time because of the personal interaction that I will have with the students. In the evenings I will be working with the boys during the week.
Speaking of boys I was able to engage them in conversation yesterday. A majority of them speak a crude form of English so I was able to make sense of what they were saying and vice versa. They thought my “portable computer” was just the coolest thing ever. Of course they were talking about my Ipad and I had to agree with them for the most part. They were most fascinated by the camera and the many different things that could be done with it. They invited me into their home tho for a little bit. They were proud of their living quarters, but it made me blush because I then realized how easy I have it. Where they slept reminded me of scenes from a movie when the camera went into military barracks during boot camp on a base. Nothing but metal bunk beds with about an inch and a half cushion for a bed. They then showed me their changing room. All of their belongings, including their clothes, fit into a small box that is about the size of my carry on luggage. They were content tho and very happy. Several of them had been living there for several years. For them it is a privilege to be able to go to school and to learn:)