Beth S and Tia here, thank you for all your motivational messages, they cheer up our mornings. Evie you better not of made a mess in my room or touched my stuff (Tia). Thank you for the messages dad… even if they are embarrassing (Beth).
Today was our last day with the Acholi children, in the classrooms we mostly had a messy, craft day finishing with games and songs and dances. They showed us some of their African dances with the children taking in turns to show their best moves (which were very sassy). The children were still smiling coming into the classrooms and haven’t lost energy at all this week despite their difficult lives. Saying goodbye was emotional especially as this was the only time the children had stopped smiling all week. It astonishes us how children who have next to nothing would offer us their porridge and give us their gifts such as necklaces and bracelets. Some of the children even waited all day to wave us goodbye. (Beth) After lots of dancing and the most eye-opening week it was finally time to say goodbye there were a few tears but also not forgetting the memories made by all. Can’t wait to share our experiences with everyone when we arrive home. (Tia) Saying goodbye to those children and the translators was as hard as it was 2 years ago. I’m touched by the way the community welcomed us everyday, were there for our every need and cried with us on goodbye.
We went out for dinner with the translators and women who helped in the community. They were happy to receive a full meal and they took some home for their children, which was a reminder of that the children back in the Acholi quarters had minimal food. The speeches at the end were very touching and reminded us of how appreciated we are and why we did this. It’s been difficult for us all to see the very little change there is within this world in regards to poverty. But knowing that if we’ve made a change in at least one persons life it makes it all worth it and that there is a school for them to go to run by Miriam is comforting.
Paul writes. What a week and what a team. They have worked so hard in crazy heat, laughed a lot, sung out loud in traffic and have been very patent with each other. They has seen and learnt a lot that has moved them, shaken them, confused them. Get ready for stories, ask them to read out there journal to you. Do write and tell me any real long lasting life changes you see over the weeks ahead. The Acholi people are wonderful and they have become our friends for life. Thank you for trusting your children to us. We return them challenged, we bring them home with new emotions, fresh thoughts and a new hope that we can make a difference to the world one smile at a time.