Hey guys, Joanna and Rosie writing our bit tonight, another motivated morning today after hearing all of your comments – dad ryan loved your shout out (Joanna)
Team classroom had a fun and lively morning with geography being our base, we practiced continents and countries with native animals from each, with a superb mishap from Mel thinking that Russia was all in Asia or maybe a separate continent itself!
I cant tell you the delight on the kids faces when they realized they could name all of these things when put on the spot which equally made us feel good also
We then moved into the church for craft with animal masks and personalized flags where Jamie asked them to create something that represented them, it was amazing to see what stood out to them all and what they picked up on, details like these made me really understand why I come on trips like these. Also massive props to Jack for leading an amazing morning session he was full of life and enthusiasm which radiated on to the kids.
Ps, Danushka asks Nilda how Ivy is.
(Rosie) This morning we started off with teaching colours and shapes. The children, especially the ones I was working with, really seemed to enjoy doing the shapes, just drawing them and learning their names. The games were a success too, the kids got super into running to all the coloured shapes on the wall. I loved how happy the kids were when we let them take home the flags they coloured, they were all so proud of what they’d done.
Teaching the countries was fun because Taz had lots of energy while teaching and it radiated onto the children, it was basically a screaming fest as they learned the flags. The only country they couldn’t yell was Ethiopia as it was too big a word. Feeling very tired but so content in what we have done. One more day to go.
Paul adds. We had a great evening reflection tonight after having a visit from an inspirational lady called Patience who runs a charity working at investigating and highlighting corruption in Uganda. She was a sponsored child as she lost her parents and brothers and sisters at a young age. She joined the army served in Iraq, has studied to a high level at Universty and had so many stories to tell. It was a great evening followed by the team sharing the pains of the week as well as what has changed. Guilt at what we have, some of the poverty we have seen and worry about that we have not done enough were the main themes of the conversation. When we looked at what has changed we were all moved to hear of the attitudes and thoughts that were being expressed and about the impact and the reality of what will happen on return. Over to you to tell us over the coming weeks if change has happened in action thought and deed! Take care one and all