Helen here, team leader, writing the blog at the end of a very successful week in Acholi Quarters. The team are all fine, but tired and emotional having had to say goodbye to the children that they have worked with all week, and through whom they’ve had perspectives on life turned upside down!
It’s been a tough day – the last day always is, but they’ve coped so well, and had lots of hugs and smiles amidst the tears for the children. With both the morning and afternoon groups we did some fun but educational lessons to start, then joined together after break for a chaotic hour of relay races, parachute, singing and dancing.
None of us are desperate to hear ‘Bungalow’ again for a while, but Fidelis has been an absolute trooper in teaching it, and then putting up with the regular requests from the children for him to lead it again, and again, and again! Goodbyes are always bittersweet, and today was no different – there is a lot for us all to process.
Now its out for a meal to celebrate the end of the week. Six of the Acholi ladies are coming with us, so it’s a chance to treat them as well. Hence I’m writing the blog partly as everyone is too drained to write, and partly cos most of them are busy getting glammed up!!
Tomorrow is a gentler day which they are all ready for, and not a sandwich in sight for lunch! You’ll hear more about what the day contains in tomorrow’s blog. Then Sunday we are up to Mityana for a couple of rural days before time for home – advance warning, internet is sporadic where we stay upcountry so there might not be a blog Sunday – I’ll do what I can though.
Each one of you should be so incredibly proud of your young person out here – they have each been willing to step out of their comfort zone at various points and in various ways to give the children the best week that they could within the constraints of location, resources and weather conditions. They have all been superstars, and I’ve so loved leading this week, and seeing each of them grow and develop as they dig deep and find inner qualities that have maybe not had the opportunity to shine before. They have supported each other, laughed together, cried together, stood in for each other, and stood by each other – really brilliant!
Thank you, for giving me this chance to introduce your young person to my favourite African country, and my favourite project in this country. Have a good weekend, Helen 🙂