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Nobody Knew Just How Special This Event Was...

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On the 31st of January, the word got out that it was Rufino's birthday. There was still time to get to town and back before lunch, so I set off to buy a cake. There are three small bakeries in Salasaka and on the third stop I found one. By the time I returned, lunch was almost over and before anyone could leave I handed the cake to someone, who took it over and put it in front of Rufino.

Everyone sang the birthday songs, wished him a happy day and enjoyed the cake. Rufino was moved by the attention and made the following statement..."This is the first time in my life that someone gave me a cake for my birthday"....Rufino is 51.


Rufino was one of the first volunteers teachers at Katitawa when it was first started in 1997. In 2008 we brought him back as a paid teacher. He is a good friend and a wonderful teacher.
May the cakes keep coming.

Fiesta Day Before Carnival

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Quito For A Day

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Last Friday Maria Pozo and I took Group Four, lovingly called the “Fours”, to Quito. (Maria was the School Administrator last year). The purpose of the trip was to visit the Astronomy Museum, located in the Alameda Park in downtown Quito. If the skies were clear we also would stay for a first hand look at the planets and stars through the observatory telescope.

The plan was to meet the Fours in front of the monument in Salasaka Central, no later than 6:25, as we wanted to catch the 6:30 bus to Ambato where we would board the 7AM bus to Quito. On Thursday each of the Fours were advised that we were not going to wait. Two of the Fours showed at 6:32 and the bus arrived at 6:34, and the three of us were off to Ambato where we were to meet Maria.

I have introduced a code of conduct at the school and we call it the “Six columns of Character”. Column number three is Responsibility. I really felt bad about leaving the other two and at this point I do not know if they showed at all. I w…