Day 1: Hello Santo Domingo!

Hello Boca Chica

We just landed. It’s beautiful, sunny, and hot! This is quite the contrast to the rainy 45 degree weather we left behind in CLE. As we arrived at the baggage claim, we were warmly greeted by Marta, a Caminante employee, who guided us through customs. Even though we are a large group, maneuvering through the … Continue reading

Day 1: T minus ZERO…

Our much anticipated departure date has finally arrived and in just a few hours we will land on Dominican soil. We met at the airport at 4:15 am, checked in, and have about an hour now before our 6:15am flight. Many had to hit the road by 3am, so needless to say, very little sleep … Continue reading

Dance like nobody’s watching…

and that’s exactly what we did on Tuesday night when the KC was filled with Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata music!  Many thanks to Santiago Morales, Diana Solano, Angel Gonzalez, Manuel Angel, and Hiram alum Ronaldo Chavez for (patiently) leading us through an evening of dancing. We had a great time and enjoyed a taste of … Continue reading

Right in our own Backyard

I looked around the room as we learned about the dark side of life for some of the children in Boca Chica.  I could easily read the sadness, disbelief, and confusion on the faces staring back at the slide show.  While the idea of human trafficking and child exploitation wasn’t new to any of us, … Continue reading

and these are the "cooler" months (2000km north of the equator)…

Holy icicles, Batman! It’s about 75°F in Boca Chica right now and the prospects are partly cloudy, but very warm for the remainder of the week.  This is quite a contrast to the official snow day we had at Hiram and to the state of emergency that several Midwestern states have declared because of this … Continue reading

Students Helping Students

I clearly remember the day Dr. Modarelli (aka Jody) told me about Caminante and about Sister Denisse’s request to bring science to the children she served. The story behind Caminante is one of humbling    generosity, love, and compassion. It makes you want to roll up your sleeves, hop on a plane, and help in any … Continue reading

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