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From Earth School’s blog: Comfort in the meantime

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

Editor’s note: In this blog post from Earth School, Barbara Sarbin describes the challenge of building an Earth School for refugee children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Click here to visit it.

tomatoesBack in the early spring of 2014, I was approached by the director and staff members of a shelter in Westchester County, because they were about to embark on a new project and they wanted my help. They told me that they were going to be receiving a group of 12 children each month who were refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Would I please create an Earth School-to-Farm program for them, they asked, because if I did, they said they knew it would succeed. I remember feeling that they had more confidence in me than I did in myself, having never put together a bilingual program before, and I didn’t know anything at the time about the refugee children.

Two days before working with the girls, I went to the shelter to meet them. They were so full of life, so vibrant, happy, shining, and excited. What struck me immediately was that they were children, just like children anywhere in the world. They wanted to meet the cows, the horses, they were full of chatter and questions. They were warm, sweet, and polite.

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