Today was slightly cooler than yesterday and breakfast was fab.
It was lovely to see the children again and start to recognize more of them. They were even more friendly than yesterday, high-fiving and fist-bumping us loads. Knowing the kids a bit also helped the lessons because we could pitch at the right ability.
The less advanced groups had an animal-themed day and it was brilliant to see them running round in their masks. In the other group, who go to the little catch up school all the time, there was a focus on time, and they made so much progress
At lunch we got the chance to make beads with some of the Acholi ladies. It was quite fiddly but still a massively better alternative to working in the quarry.
We broke off teaching slightly early to visit the homes of some of the children we’d been teaching. The houses were small and with very limited facilities but the women and children were warm and welcoming.
We were impressed by the skills of the translators.
Hearing about how the women had to flee from their homeland because of the violence was so upsetting. Also their level of self-sacrifice for their families was astounding. Yet many still couldn’t afford to educate their children to get them out of poverty.
By Eleanor and Joel
PS Happy birthday mum from Joel!