It’s Maddie Cook and Livvy.
Today Reagan and Ellie went to the visually-impaired class for a short visit; they had a really good time there and it was a real eye opener for them. There will be more people going there later this week, so you’ll hear more about it from some of them.
As well as spending the morning at school teaching the same children as yesterday, we also helped at the Butterfly Youth Club in the afternoon. There were about 25 – 30 children of various ages, and we all had a great time playing volleyball and other games, doing loom bands and other crafts (some of their loom band strings were soooooo long!), and the children also loved the musical instruments that we had with us.
tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and so, because the school is a Catholic one, they are having a day off. So we are going to another of the Butterfly projects that works with disabled people, and then in the afternoon will do some games and crafts with some of the older pupils who have the option to come to the school specially for time with us.
Today I led a presentation about England and its culture, and how it’s similar and different to Malawi and its culture. This was the first time I have had to stand up in front of them and speak confidently by myself- somehow. It was very nerve wracking right before I started as I’ve never really done a presentation in front of so many people before, but as soon as I finished I felt so proud of myself and so very relieved at the same time.
Also, to my dad, sister, brother (Ellie and Josh), my ever so lovely dog Alan, and everyone else in my family: I am actually eating the food, and it’s surprisingly nice. I’m having a fantastic time over in Malawi, and have much to tell you when I get back! Don’t miss me too much ;-).
I love you all so much and thank you to everyone who has supported me thought all of the preparation time – especially you dad, thank you for everything, thank you for allowing me to come here and experience this, despite your many worries that you have held about me getting ill or something disastrous.
We did a lot of painting and creative things with the classes today and the standard 5 class loved it and got on with it really well but the standard 6 group really struggled. We have an albino boy in our class and he just throws himself into everything. I taught him how to use the play dough cutters and things and he was just having such a great time. That’s only one of my million stories I need to tell you guys so make sure you haven’t worn your ears out before I get back because I will be talking to you about everything.
I love you all so much and just wanted to say thank you to everybody who helped me get here and the team for being so supportive especially Megan. I really don’t want to leave, Alice has done such an amazing job here and I couldn’t ask to be in a more beautiful or special place. Also, the food is amazing. We had pancakes today so we didn’t miss Pancake DayJ
P.s. Dad your message literally made me bawl. I never get messages from you. Mum I didn’t cry at yours but that’s because I expect yours every time. I love you both and josh. Tell him I expect to hear from him before the week end too. Lots of love.
That’s it from us can’t wait to hear your comments, until the next blog. See you all soon.