After breakfast today we left in the mini bus to travel to church. The church was situated in a very isolated, peaceful and rural place called Maya where we we're greated with so many smiles from the children and adults of the community, which was amazing for us all because this was the first interaction we had with them all. The church was full of singing and laughter as we had to join in and dance to their worship songs working up a real sweat. We then performed our own song at the front and introduced ourself's, with a great response from the adults and children. Danushka was handed a 5 week old Maya baby during the service proving that we were trusted even though a huge language barrier lies between our two groups. Unfortunetly he missed his mum a little to much and relived himself on her lap; great bonding session! Once church finished, we got a chance to talk and take pictures with the locals, and they were very fasinated by our cameras so we taught them how to use them. The team was shocked at how much joy 4 walls and a load of plastic chairs can bring to the children of Maya, putting into perpective how lucky we are and how thankful we should be for what we take for granted.
For lunch John took us to where he was working on a project that was started by a girl on a team trip just like ours called Christian, who dreamed to see women have a safe place to give birth to their babies. So far a family Christian was particually close with have moved into a house on the land on her request, a medical center and dental clinic have been bulit on the land John bought after the idea of this project, and the maternity center is well underway in construction with handmade, eco friendly bricks. A pair of cows are also kept on the land, previding the power for the lights and cookers. A biogas generated has been installed on the land previding a eco friendly and money friendly source of power.
Lastly after lunch we were taken on the mini bus into the heart of the Acholi commuity to see the space we'll be teaching in tomorrow. The children were the friendlyist we've come across this trip, jumping in to hold our hands and get our attention. The Acholi commuity is a extremely simple place to live, and seeing the kids energy gives the team an undoutable burst of happiness. We reflected this evening on how important the small things in life are, and, thanks to Paul, it will be hard to forget that message. We should be so grateful for what we have back at home, and learn a lesson from the Acholi comunnitry who are so thankful, content and grateful for what they have.