A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Sept. 25, 2007 — San Juan Cosala has an boarding school which has been in existence for many years. In the recent waterspout storm, it took on a lot of mud and the kids — about 140 of them, boys and girls both — were evacuated for a while to the nearby larger town of Jocotepec. I understand that they are now all back.

This place is sometimes called an orphanage, but actually it isn’t. Mexican children are sometimes in orphanages even when one or both parents are alive, if the family is desperately poor or other circumstances mean that they can’t provide the basics for the kids. The school here is also attended by some of children and teenagers from the town here.

We live a few blocks from it, and Kelly took the picture above a couple of days after the storm. No damage shows, but the side towards the mountains was very muddy.

The orphanage was started by a much-loved priest here in San Juan Cosala, Father Beto or Father Macias, and he is still very much involved, along with other staff.

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