Week One - Life in the Orphanage/School

Trip Start Aug 18, 2007
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Trip End Sep 15, 2007


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Sunday, August 26, 2007

I can't believe this, I just typed absolutely loads and accidentally deleted it - note to self, save a draft!

So, sorry but this is now going to be a short version....

Arrived at the Good Samaritans Orphanage and were amazed to see 3 newly built houses when we were expecting mud huts! Don't get me wrong they are not the same as houses at home and don't have windows as such. similar but without the glass, just bars with mosquito nets over them. By mid week we had also broke every door in the house, even resulting in one of us getting locked in the bathroom for about half an hour!

The kids are all so well behaved its untrue. They all have their own jobs to do and from the age of about 7, hand wash all of their clothes and take chores in the house. They leave for school an hour early to also clean the classrooms before the day begins - can't ever see this catching on in the UK! They get on so well together and I'm sure this is as a result of them having nothing, there is nothing for them to fight over or even spark an jealousy.

We've been doing a mixture of jobs, but i've only worked in the school so far. School doesnt start for another week but most of them are in for "tuition". My first day in the school i completely got thrown in at the deep end - walked into an english class and explained that I was there to assist however the teacher had another idea and just handed the class over to me! I'd like to go into more detail about what was going through my mind but I can't because I know Mum will be reading this! Let's just say there were a few ******'s! All I was given was a paragraph in a text book and this was supposed tobe the basis of a one hour lesson...don't know how but I managed to do it and as a result have ended up with the job of teaching them English every day on my own. Have really enjoyed it though and the kids seemt o be liking it too.

A day in the life of....normally starts with brekkie at about 0730, which is bread and tea. Then over to the school for 0800 and at the moment ,this finishes at 1300. Lunch which is always rice and beans, then time to chill for abit before we start playing with the kids. Normally play a couple of hours of Volleyball.  The its shower time before we sit around outside talking to the older women while they make dinner. Dinner is usually based on either rice, chapati or Ugali. Ugali is made of maize and I can only describe it as the texture of v v v v v hard mash potato with v little taste. I bought some hot pepper sauce to try and get mine down!! It gets dark at about 1830 and we're normally in bed before 2200.

Well, the sun is shining and I've now been sat inside for an hour, given my failed last attempt, so I am going to say bye bye and get out in the sun to try and even the tan a little! 

Love to all xxxx
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