After a massive thunder storm in the night, we started the day off with another cold shower, however we persevered and braved it. After getting ready, we headed for St Josephs School for breakfast. On our way, we drove through rural ares where we saw the devastation that the cyclone had left behind. We also saw a few monkeys, which we stopped to take pictures of.
Today was the first time we had visited the school, so we were all very excited to see what it was like. When we arrived, we met Janaki the founder of the school, who welcomed us into her community. After eating a quick breakfast of curry and chapatti, we made our way to one of Janaki's local churches she visits. Before we entered the church, we took off our shoes and split into boys and girls. We walked in to see everyone clapping and singing with high spirits. Janaki introduced us to the church, then passed the microphone to Helen. She explained the reasons for our trip to India, and what an honour it was for us to help out in the community.
The singing and clapping continued, and after several prayers and speeches from the locals, the service came to an end. We were all very moved and uplifted, and also admired the passion they shared. On our way out, we were greated with a cold drink, whilst we posed for the locals pictures of us.
We ventured back to the school for lunch, surprise surprise some more curry.. but we weren't complaining!! We then spoke about the plans for the rest of the week at the school, and were given the time for some last minute, well needed, lesson preparation. During the time that we prepped we decorated our classrooms, sorted our resources, and even rehearsed tomorrow's lessons to fellow team members.
As we embark on our journey back to the hotel, we reflect on our day and mentally prepare ourselves for the rest of the week. Although we are nervous about delivering the lessons, we are all very excited and keen to start.
Written by The Angmering girls, Tara, Lily and Alice.