The last time we were here, we fell in love with the town and Hope actually took the initiative to find out what projects and programs were going on for children here. She connected with Barrio Planta Project, a project for school age children that has been given an old government building now painted with bright murals and filled with arts, crafts, small classrooms and kids. She had asked ahead of time what might be going on there when we were in town and what we could do to help. They proposed we come on a day when they were making homemade Christmas cards and we offered to bring lots of craft supplies.
We arrived with bags full of markers, glitter pens, stickers, construction paper, craft kits and the like (we bought out the holiday craft department at Target at home before we left) and we had a blast with the kids. I left feeling so much more connected to the town than I ever would have just being a tourist.