Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday, by Katy and Tia

Today was our first day working in the Acholi Quarters and what an experience it has been. Met in the morning by the biggest smiles and cheers I've ever seen it's clear to see just how much we were anticipated – pressure or what. There is no denying that there were nerves on that bus this morning but that was quickly pushed aside with the children lining up outside. Teaching them all I could think was how it contrasted to back home. There was just an overwhelming sense of eagerness coming from the children, despite the lack of ability it was amazing to see their positive attitude and determination to achieve. After very long and amazing day, we travelled through the Acholi Quarters to the quarry - the main source of income. It is just a contrast to the gender equality at home, the women who work 13 hour days still have watch the children while the men play games, puts my life in a little perspective.


I worked in the small church with 28 children in the morning and 2 little babies who had to come ecause their siblings had to look after them all day even though they were only as young as 10 or 12. In the afternoon we had about 21 kids and one girl called Emily who had to look after her baby sibling. The kids were so eager to learn it's made me realsie how lucky I am going to school. It was daunting at first but by the end of it it felt like we could of given them anything and they would of loved it. The day went so well and the lessons ran smoothly even though there were a few hiccups like forgetting the PVA glue. I was so shocked by their level of intelligence as they could read and they all knew their alphabet. Overall it was an amazing day and the children were a joy.




































25 comments:

Nilda Dooraree said...

So how was your first day teaching?? Exciting I bet!
You all look so good. Danushka am sure you are enjoying yourself working with these children.

Have fun all of you. This experience will stay with you forever.
Lots of love from mum and dad

Georgie Conway said...

Well done to you all!

Tracey Lewis said...

Hi Sharhys tired or catching a few rays hope your day was good and you enjoyed helping the children love you lots xxx ps loads of glasses in the cupboard lol

Andy Cooke said...

Wow looks like you have all had an amazing day. Well done with your first day teaching. Really proud of you Dee. Take care cant wait to see more photos. Love you mum, dad and fran xxx

Tracey Lewis said...

Hi Sharhys tired or catching a few rays hope your day was good and you enjoyed helping the children love you lots xxx ps loads of glasses in the cupboard lol

Zoe Walker said...

Love the photos, really good to see you all getting stuck in. Really proud of you all.

Dawn Dale said...

Hi Connie - it looks like you are doing amazing things and we can't wait to hear all about it. Keep working hard and share everything you can with the children. We love you very much, Mother Marge and Nobby xxx

Pam Zaft said...

Looks amazing! The kids look so eager to learn, a contrast to the Year 6 I teach!!!!!! LoL. Hope the second day of teaching goes brilliantly for you all .Have fun Mel. Love you lots Mum and Dad xx

Donna Cronin said...

Wow Millie , granma rang to say she had read the blog for today before we had! , we all love looking at the photos. The lessons looked great fun gor the children, have another good day tomorrow, love and hugs Lubba you x mum dad ollie and jack , hugs from grace Lucy and James x

Lisa Mold said...

Beautiful pics of you all, doing something so wonderful, you should all be proud of what your doing as we all are! Love you Chynna (mum dad chelsie tyce caelan nanny grandad and all the fam) xxxx

Louise Amies said...

Hi Beth
Wow, how amazing must it feel to be doing what you're doing. Seeing the photo's of the children looking so happy is heart melting, :-).
We enjoyed a football tournament at the Soccer Dome in London today for Alfie, they had fun, lol.
Hope you have remembered to use your million and one things I told you to pack in your bumbag!!!
Have a great day tomorrow, Love you Loads, Love Mum and Dad. xxxx

David Ross said...

Hi team Uganda. I just wanted to say good luck on the week ahead. I have just come back from ten amazing days in Rwanda with CRED and I can only imagine how excited and nervous you are all feeling. I must say I am a little jealous that your adventure has just started and mine has sadly ended... for now. Have a wonderful week and remember that each one of you is making a massive difference to those who were strangers but are soon to be close friends. With love Stephanie

Dave Farrant said...

Hi Jez, looks like an amazing first day for you all. Missing you loads but boy how fab was it when i went to get some cereal this morning and there was some left.....oh yes...love Dadxxx

Donna Cronin said...

Hello Jade great to see you having such fun with your lessons, photos are great, good luck , love mum dad tom and jess x

Sarah Siggs said...

Can't stop looking at the photos. So great to see you all and to read the updates. Thank you. Amazing job you are all doing. xxx

Kerry Simmons said...

Hi ellie
Wow love the photos, you all look like you are enjoying you time with one another ! Good luck with your lessons tomorrow, you will be great. I love seeing the blog as it feels like we are sharing your adventure with you all!! Look forward to tomorrow's pictures and chat !! Everyone sends their love xxxx

Graham Edwards said...

Moving pictures. Thanks to all the CRED team for giving my daughter the opportunity. Wish I was there to share the experience with you all in person. Fantastic updates and priceless pictures.

Becca & Tim said...
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Bethany Evans said...

Hey Jezzy! Uganda looks amazing, I am so jealous. Looking good their making jewellery ;) I hope you're enjoying the food - I'm sure there's no Domino's for you hahaa. Speak soon - Love your favourite big sis xxx

Becca and Tim said...

So amazing to see all you are doing, thank you so much for these updates xxx

Nilda Dooraree said...

Hello Princess hope you are having a great day today. Can't wait to see tonight's blog and pictures. Have fun

Love you loads, mum and dad

Helen Edwards said...
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Helen Edwards said...

doc Hi Joanna, Bethany and all the team. The photos give us such a good insight to what you're doing out there. What an incredible experience. So proud of you 'flo-Jo'. Guess who's been sleeping in your bed! Love Mum, Dad, Robert, Lottie, Dave and Sparkle.xxxx

Katie Maw said...

Hi HELEN!! I want to leave you a comment, (I being Katie Maw) because I feel like it, and can't recall you reading out any comments for yourself (maybe you kept them secret, hmmm!). I will also include punctuation, so you can read it with no hassle.
I miss our big family out in Rwanda, but I hope you are having a lovely time, as I know how much you love it in Uganda. I hope you're not missing us too much, especially team go-ril-la! Thank you so much for being mummy for us all. I am slightly sad you left before all of the journal signing, I think you're the only one I don't have. I'm aware that I am sending one of those long comments that don't actually contain much so I will now stop.
Love as always, Katie Maw x

Pauline Hobbs said...

Hi Everyone, just read your blogs and they brought a tear to my eye. Sounds like you are having an amazing time, keep up the good work. An experience to treasure.
Lots of love x
P.S a special hello to Miss Amans x