As much as this breaks my heart to say, today was our last day at Lomas. Saying adios to all of our sweet angels was not easy at all. One of the hardest moments for all of us was saying goodbye to Pamela. She was an incredible little girl wise beyond her years. As we were saying farewell today I remembered one of the many things that she had previously told me: that she wants to continue learning English so she can come to the United States. Costa Rica has a 90% drop out rate, and I knew that it would be huge for Pamela to graduate. I felt compelled to encourage her to continue pursuing that dream. She then looked at me with tears in her eyes and told me that she was shocked that I remembered something she told me days ago. It broke my heart to see that she would even think for a second that I would forget anything that she has told me. This just goes to show that the smallest things mean so much to those kids. They may not have love and attention at home, so it was amazing to be able to be able to provide that for them this week. If I had to describe today in one word it would be bittersweet. It was inspiring to hear the kids’ stories and love them but devastating to know that after making memories with them, we would have to leave them in the hard lives most of them live. As we drove away from the center for the last time we waved goodbye to the kids with heavy hearts, knowing that Lomas was our home and that we would return in time to see our new family again. Even though this is hard, it is not goodbye; it is just hasta luego.
~ Grace Cunningham
Yesterday was a Fincan sad day. It was the last day we got to see all the little loving faces of the Finca kids. We arrived in the morning and got right to work. The day entailed painting the walls of the school and scraping up drips and drops of paint off the floors. The rest of us were either teaching the kids God’s word in the classrooms or playing some intense games of soccer. At the end of the day they gathered us all together for a farewell ceremony. They prepared a moving speech thanking us for all the hard work and love we brought to their school. After that, we got to watch all the kids’ faces light up as we gave them the gifts we worked so hard to collect and buy. Saying goodbye to all the amazing people at Finca was the hardest part of the week for all of us. They brought just as much happiness and love to us as we poured onto them!
By: Will Harrison