We started off the day as usual, dragging our feet out of bed at 7 in the morning (around that time). We went to the dining area and had fresh fruit, cereal, and a variety of fruit juices. Today we were going to go to a water park with the kids from the orphanage of CISNA to play soccer, swim, and have a great time. The coolers were packed with our own hand-made lunches and headed out.
When we got to CISNA, we were greeted with the smiles of new and familiar faces. CISNA had drastically improved since last time I visited. I remembered a time when the place was crowded with over 100 orphans. A few years ago the paint of the cafeteria was chipping off, there were bare mattresses on the floor in the bedrooms, and the bathrooms were a mess. This year everything changed. there were around 40 or 50 kids this year. Everything had been repainted and refurbished. The beds had sheets and the bathrooms were much cleaner than the past. They had a working pool and John Snider had even set up a new computer lab. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The kids and tios and tias ( the orphans called everyone this who wasn’t a kid) piled into the vans and headed for the water park. The water park wasn’t quite what I expected. I imaged a place similar to the water parks we had in America with giant wave pulls, water slides, and large crowds. This reminded me more of a large community pool. They had one pool, a soccer field, and a large pavilion. The water park was on a large hill with a great view of a bottomless lake. There were many volcanos and mountains containing vast amounts of lush vegetation and wildlife.
We spent most of our time attempting to compete in an embarrassing game of soccer. I tried to demonstrate my great athletic ability to the other players but failed. The gringos were crushed by the Salvadorians with a score of 1 to 4. During our game our director John sprained his ankle. We all hope he gets well soon.
Finally we left the water park and got a chance to go down to a dock and get a better look at the dock. We then headed back to the base and played a great game of water polo and had a great chicken dinner.