So begins my last few days with the kids. We arrived to a warm and sunny afternoon in the township. Agnes wanted to chat about the playground and building’s progress and wanted to thank us for her new stove. It’s not installed yet cause she wants someone who knows what they’re doing to do it and she said something about tiles. But then it was … Continue reading The Home Stretch
Friday is generally our day off but I had to wake up early to go to the building materials store to pay for the extra metal for the roof so it could be delivered today. I was supposed to visit the orphans’ school on Monday but when ange called them this morning to ask if I could come we were informed that there’s a school … Continue reading A visit to the orphans’ school
Today is my birthday and you’re never too old to celebrate like a kid! Especially when you work with kids and can throw a huge themed birthday party for them! Thanks to my parents who completely sponsored today’s ridiculousness. I just have to start by explaining to those of you out in blog land who may not actually know me, I love my birthday! It’s … Continue reading Best Birthday Ever!
Today was our last official day at the creche with the school kids since we’re taking them on a field trip tomorrow. I’ll be back over the weekend with the orphans but today was Pauline’s last day in the township. The materials we ordered yesterday to fix and complete the new building arrived today. 😁 And construction resumed. Some of the … Continue reading Things are really starting to happen.
Today two new teachers were supposed to start at the creche. One is a replacement for the teacher who was pregnant. And she was awesome with the little kids. Then there was someone else who was supposed to help out but when Agnes came to see her, she was like “Who are you? I don’t know you” so we’re not sure what happened to the … Continue reading A Short Day at the Creche
Pauline leaves on Thursday so today was her last day with the orphans since we only see them on the weekeds now that school is back in session. When we arrived the kids were watching a movie about ninjas and didn’t want to come outside to play with us! So we went over to the playground anyway where many of the neighborhood kids were … Continue reading Pauline’s Last Day with the Orphans
We arrived today and saw that the playground was finished. Well, the one piece was finished and the kids were so excited to play on it. Especially the slide. Bamboo floor Mesh roof Nicholas on the slide Akhona really wanted to go on the slide too so Alicia and I helped her up. Even I wanted in … Continue reading A Sunny Day in the Township
yesterday was such a great day with so much progress and yet we were too naive to think it was too good to be true. It was crazy windy last night so we got a call this morning that the roof of the new building blew off in the night. First reaction was wtf but then we were glad cause it has been leaking and … Continue reading One step forward, two steps back
First day back from vacation and lots of things happened today. When we arrived we saw that the cabinet we bought was being put to good use in the big building. The big kids were actually having morning lessons: coloring number sheets. Meanwhile, They were also working on putting up the playground on the site of the old building! Then … Continue reading A busy day at the creche…
Pauline and I decided to take a mini luxury vacation on our days off this week because volunteering is hard work and this is afterall our summer vacation. Plus, we’re worth it and luxury in Africa is much more affordable than at home. So on Monday evening we checked ourselves into the Prana Lodge in Chintsa, approximately a half an hours drive north up the … Continue reading Vacation from Vacation