Last Sunday morning some of the older girls, Dominique and Amy had their hair done. They are so patient. They sat their for hours whilst their hair was braded.
After finishing our jobs in the morning, we had a great day taking 8 of the children out to the cinema. For one or two of them it was their first time at the movies.
We watched Megamind, an animated film, and the kids loved it. One girl Mbali fell asleep. Oops.
Monday and Tuesday was school preparation day, ready for Wednesday when the children returned from their Summer holidays. It was a huuuuge job.
We had to prepare 21 children’s school bags, stationary, uniforms and shoes. Bearing in mind the children go to 7 different schools between them and each school demands a specific list of over 15 stationary items and different school uniforms, that’s a lot of things to organise!
With many helping hands and only a couple of tantrums by the a couple of the kids we managed to polish the job off (as well as 21 pairs of shoes!). When Pippa took us back in the evening, the only available car was the truck so Heidi and I had a thrilling ride in the back of the truck. A great end to a great day.
As we entered the house on Wednesday morning, the silence was strange but quite nice. Most of the children had returned to school and this made doing our jobs a bit easier. When the children returned in their respective groups from 2pm onwards, it was homework time. Being the first day back they didn’t have much proper work but instead most had been instructed to cover their exercise books in plastic. This again was a big job since they all had at least 3 or 4 text books each. Even so it was a productive and fun day.
One of the more interesting things we heard that day was from some of the volunteers staying on site. Apparantly they had a spitting Cobra in their cottage…I’m so glad that wasn’t in our accomodation or I would have screamed and ran out never to return! Luckily the work men went in with glasses on and managed to remove it without any serious incident. Unfortunately later in the week one of the dogs Electra was spat at by the snake. Amazingly she came back from the vets without losing any of her site (although she had a serious case of red eye!).
The excersise book laminating continued on through Thursday and Friday. During the morning we also helped a few children who have home schooling. There are varying reasons why they don’t go to school from illness to personal reasons. For their work, they have an interactive CD-ROM full of questions and worksheets which they must complete. I and Heidi in particular were able to help a lot with their learning.
Friday was a bit more relaxed and we were able to start sorting the library in the morning. This incredible room full of all sorts of books donated throughout the years has recently become a bit of a dumping ground. Our job is to clear it so it can be fully utilised once again by both the children and adults.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is our next day off so we look forward to heading to the mall to catch a film, do a bit of shopping and grab a bite to eat. Until our next blog post, we leave you with the first episode of Mighty and Similo’s life lessons. Listen and learn everyone!