After a long day yesterday, we were all very happy that we were able to have half an hour more in bed this morning. This is because we didn’t teach at Saint Maria Garetti School today, due to it being Ash Wednesday, therefore the children weren’t at school.
At 9:00am we all travelled about 40 minutes to the butterfly space for the disabled children, which Alice also owns. We were welcomed by the workers there and then were split into two groups to be given tours around the community.
One group went to see where they get their fresh water and a massive crop pad where watermelons, kasava and maize are grown. The other group went on a tour to see their church, met the priests’ wife who was using a traditional sewing machine and they were shown how they made knives out of rods.
Both groups met up at the market which was packed with people selling clothes, gadgets, fresh fruit and veg and a lot of fish (it was an extremely strong smell). We then all went back to the room where the workers previously welcomed us and were given our lunch – rice, kidney beans and pumpkin leaves. Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to buy homemade bags and wallets. Before we left, we all played with the children, who were all delighted to see us. We played parachute games, used the musical instruments, had games of football and danced, a lot!
We went to Saint Maria Garetti School in the afternoon to offer activities for the Standard 8 children, whose ages ranged about 13-16. The most popular was a big mural painting where the children were able to use all coloured paints with brushes, their fingers and sponges. Also, a lot of the older boys and girls were drawn to the volleyball game, which got very competitive!
After we packed up and left the children for another day, we drove down to the market to look at souvenirs. Most of us managed to find something to buy, and also haggled our way down to better prices!
We ended our night with a lovely meal of burgers, wedges and salsa. Currently, we’re all having a sit by the lake and watching a movie. We’ve had a lovely day and are looking forward to being inspired even more throughout the rest of our trip.
To all my family, I miss you all so much but am having the time of my life. I can’t wait to tell you all about the memories I’ve made here and the experiences I have witnessed, it’s simply amazing!
p.s. Mum, please send my love to Zara, I am missing her very much!
Love Sammy xx
Heyyy family it’s Lewis, I have missed you guys lots and lots! I’m glad to hear that Max is all good after his trip to the hospital! :O and I didn’t miss pancake day after all :D I’m loving every second of this trip wouldn’t change anything about it and can’t wait to see you all soon to tell you all about it!
Lots of love Lewis xx<3xx