The story of Jorge

The unused school building

The unused school building

One of the better buildings in San Antonio is a school built into the hillside by the municipality. Unfortunately the building sits empty while students go to school in tiny hot rooms in the church basement. The reason;  the school building has been declared unsafe  because in the wet season it could be suddenly washed away in a rock slide.

One of the classrooms in the church basement about the size of a single car garage.

One of the classrooms in the church basement about the size of a single car garage.

So what has all this got to do with Jorge?  I’ll get to that in a minute, but first take a look at the rocks that tumbled through this house during a past wet season. The danger to many of the poor who must live high on the mountain is real.

Who knows what happened to inhabitants of this house.

Who knows what happened to inhabitants of this house.

One of many destroyed homes.

One of many destroyed homes.

Well, you see, when Jorge was small  his parents died  and his siblings died in one of the slides.  At 17 his only relative is his disabled grandmother and he is on his own learning to do construction with our contractors.  That is where we met him.  A hard working eager young man proud to wear one of our Rotary shirts.

Meet Jorge.

Meet Jorge.

Jorge ready for the work day.

Jorge ready for the work day.

When you are junior on the construction crew you start at the bottom. In this case the latrine we built for a happy family.

When you are junior on the construction crew you start at the bottom. In this case the latrine we built for a happy family.

But this is not the  end of the story. March 5 was a very special day for Jorge.  This was the day he was to be baptised in the Catholic church and Joan,  Shelley and Ellen went along to watch the ceremony.  As events unfolded Jorge asked Ellen if she would be his Godmother and Ellen accepted.

A very very proud Jorge and very surprised Ellen.

A very  proud and happy Jorge and  a very surprised and pleased Ellen.

Jorge now has a “mom”.  A nice touch.

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