Today was our first day teaching in the Acholi Quarters. It was great to see how engaged and enthusiastic the children were and how keen they were to get going. Although, behind the scenes it was more tough as each group had the wrong set of children so planned lessons did not work as smoothly as anticipated. But this bought out the best in our team where we all came together and worked as one and highlighted that how even with nerves and a lack of sleep we have all bonded so well that we could rely on one another to provide the best possible lessons and activities. It’s great to see some familiar faces and to see that the children that we helped last time are doing so well and some are even in the Acholi’s education program.
It is great to see how the children are still so excited and amazed that us ‘mazungus’ are coming over here to teach them, and both groups of children are so much more capable than we first thought which is so amazing to see, considering where they come from. The group of children as a whole are so easy to interact with and you can truly tell that they are cherishing the education we all take for granted. We can’t wait to get to know the children and our translators even more throughout the week. Home visits start tomorrow which we are all looking forward into getting an insight further into the background of the community, but at the same time everyone’s pretty nervous.
Mum, Brenda still remembers me (Beth) and I am teaching her again. I almost had a break down when she came over to me shouting my name. (You would have 100% cried) She has the biggest attitude ever, and pretty much ripped my head off when plaiting my hair! Also the cough you said didn’t exist has left me with a voice that doesn’t exist! I can’t wait to see what else the week has to bring our way.
Beth & Phoebe
P.S To Jamie’s family, where are the kisses? He almost cried! Also, Tracey, Dave and Mags where you at? Keep coming with the comments!!