Hello wonderful people its Leah and Millie writing this on the balcony of Johns house looking over the view of the banana tress below.
Today has been an amazing day full of excitement and enthusiasm.
We began today by having a lovely breakfast made by Sophie (Johns wife) with fantastic tasting mango new on the menu today. As well as lovely cereal and yes mum I have been having coco pops (Millie). The food here is amazing, dad you would certainly love it (Leah). We then all loaded the bus ready for to make the fascinating journey to the Acholi community. We always sing a range of songs and it is hilarious. Once again when we arrived we had a lovely welcome by the Acholi community with the children ready and waiting inside for us to begin the day. The children are so engaging and friendly it puts a smile on all of our faces. The children are so appreciative it really makes you truly understand the change you are making.
The day started with the children learning maths and learning numbers from 1-40. One boy in our class was very cheeky and his teacher said he was stubborn, he couldn’t write any numbers but sitting with him made me realize how important all of our help is. (Leah). We then did work sheets so they could practice how to write numbers. We then moved on to the activity. We played with the parachute and balloons and the children’s faces lit up as well as when they saw glitter. This just proved how many things we take for granted. We made a mini circuit training with star jumps, skipping ropes and balloons which was so funny watching all the children laughing at each other and things they have done. I don’t think I have really seen so many people laughing and screaming at one time.
Then it was porridge time after which we ran a craft activty where they all made math’s bunting and printing their hand onto a bed sheet with their name. (Millie). Shape bunting was next followed by a glitter fight and Mel managed to get it all over my hair (Leah). The afternoon is a repeat of the morning but with different children who once again, no matter what work they had done in the morning or how long they had been walking they were still engaging and so committed to learning and enjoying every moment.
We learnt some songs from the children and they are amazing; the team sings them all the time.
Today my highlight was how amazing the children once again have been but most of all, I saw a girl called Millie and this girl and she brought tears to my eyes. I saw Millie who I taught 2 years ago and the first thing she said was thank you I remember you and I missed you lots. That was when I was so thankful to have this opportunity to come back and see how amazing and how much she has grown and come along. (Millie)
It was great to have a go at the tricky art of bead making. we took it in turn to meet the ladies who make a small living out of rolling up recycled paper into different shaped beads and then turn them into jewlery. Tonight we get to shop for the finished goods and invest into the economy of a local community we have falling in love with. Trade not Aid is one for the best way to support the poor around the world as long as the trade is as fair as possible. It does not get much fairer than buying direct from the mums that make them!!
I am having the most amazing time, it is emotional but I can honestly say it is the best experience. Love to mum, dad, Shelbz, Joni, Darrell, Brooke and the rest of the family. Missing you. All the team are also talking about banta Jimmy!!!
I just want to say a massive hello to my amazing family, I am loving it here and just to let you know i think more fundraising may be needed and I feel this may not be the last time I’m coming here. I love you all so much and miss you but I hope the house isn’t too quiet without me. Love you all, see you soon.
Note from Paul. I am trying to get pics of as many of the team as possible each day but please forgive me if I miss your child out. Sometimes time is short and wi fi is off and sleep beckons after a long old day!