Week One - Life in the Orphanage/School
Trip Start Aug 18, 2007
12Trip End Sep 15, 2007
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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!
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.
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