Hello from Uganda! It’s Lil’ Beth and Lucy writing tonight! We started the day by having breakfast and Paul reading out the blog as he does every morning. Alll your messages encourage us to keep “teaching the world to smile.” (Lil’ Beth) The theme for today’s lessons was Science and PE. (any messages to Miss English would be good as she has not had one yet!!)
Today in the classrooms we were focused on the solar system and planets. We started with teaching the kids the names of the planets and the order of them. Some of the children found it easier then others. For example, one of the girls managed to complete the order of the planets almost as soon as we finished setting the task, whilst others took much longer. After all of the children successfully ordered the planets in their books we gave them a paper plate to decorate as a planet they enjoyed this massively as it was the first time we did arts and crafts in the morning. After the porridge break we went into the church and decorated rockets. We later painted the solar system on long black pieces of paper. We were aiming for them to paint the actual planets but it ended up that they painted whatever they wanted which was quite fun to watch. (Lucy)
Meanwhile in the church, Millie, Beth and Sarah ran the first lesson. This involved playing “Teacher says…” (in other words ‘Simon says’ but since all the children love calling us ‘teacher teacher’ we thought that name was more appropriate). Next the children fixed together body parts and drew and labeled the body. The children love it when they get a ‘well done’ stamp on their work so thank you for the stamps Joey! Ryan, Chynna and Maya then ran the activity where we introduced the children to a parachute! They went WILD! It was such an incredible feeling to see how happy they were! After porridge break we swapped venues with the other group as we felt that it was fair to share the bigger space, so team Church split into two groups and myself and Grace lead the arts and craft in two very small classrooms. The children loved decorating little people which we made into bunting and drawing around their hands! Me, Maya and Sarah were covered with stamps all the way up our arms and we were showered with glitter but we really didn’t mind as the children found it hysterical. (Lil’ Beth)
After we completed our lessons and sent the children home we went on home visits. The woman I went with was called Betty. She had fled from Northern Uganda after her house was swarmed with Rebels from the war and forced her brother to kill their parents. She fled with her 6 children and took in 3 others. She lived in the village for 4 years. Unfortunately she just moved from a corridor in the village into a little wooden shack, but she was only allowed to live there for 2 weeks so she would have to become homeless again with the 9 children she was looking after. She was very emotional when we gave her the gift of bread flour and soap as they haven’t eaten for 3 days. This and all of the other stories she told us caused a lot of us in the group to become emotional including me. But at least we now know that they will be able to eat something tonight (Lucy)
My group went to Irene’s house. She had also fled from Northern Uganda and had three children, two of which we were teaching. She told us that her baby who was under 6 months old was born with a serious case of pneumonia and although she went to the hospital for help, she was too afraid to ask for the cost of the operation, as she knew that she would never be able to afford it. It made me angry to see that the size of her house was smaller than my garage at home which is filled of junk and unused things. This was a real eye opening experience for us all. (Lil’ Beth)
We finished the night with a delicious meal and we interviewed John to find out how a ten year old boy who was selling bananas to make a living turned into the wonderful host who himself was refugee from Rwanda and has been inspiration to us all. It is so great to be back here adding to my memories that I made two years ago! (Lil’ Beth)
We send our love to everyone and look forward to sharing our stories with you when we are home!