Saying grace before supper and, “Oh, and God, please help the poor.”
Every afternoon, with the children at the program, a call of “A la mesa!” rings out and echoes around at five o clock. All forty-some children, and about five adults gather around plain long wooden tables, set with faded plastic “Sleeping Beauty” placemats and a plastic cup of hot sweet tea and one “pancito” (a small Bolivian bread roll).
Nobody starts in on their food and drink. An adult designates two kids to say grace, one after the other. The children’s prayers usually run along the lines of ” Thank you for Auntie ______, Auntie________ and Auntie ________, and please help nobody to have an accident, and thank you for the Program and for the food and, God, please help and give food and clothing to all the poor people in the world. Amen.”