This trip seems to be getting better and better each day, but today is certainly going to be hard to top! The day started at around 7am, the talk over breakfast was about how there was a monkey in both Hannah and Kirsty’s tent, this monkey was raking through Kirsty’s bag for food, however was not lucky enough as Michael and Josh ate all of it!
We left camp at 8.15 prompt and arrived to the school at around 8.45 getting ready to set up for lessons. Lessons ran from 9-10, Gareth taught IT. Kirsty, Ben and Amy taught Science in the very beautiful Science Laboratory Block we have all funded. Hannah, Ali and Kat taught English with Ali even dropping a bit of Italian in. Rachel and Anne-Marie played games. Nick and Stephanie taught Drama, Nick was like a young Leonardo Di-Caprio and is even thinking of changing his career to acting now – I wonder if he will win awards like he does at BGL. All of these guys were excellent at teaching and have heard nothing but positive words from the children. Michael and Josh planted another couple of trees in the morning and then coached football from 11-12. This was hard work, the guys being coached were 12-13 year old, and they gave both of the guys a run for their money! The game was very tight, special mention to Michael who scored a wonder goal past Ben, unlucky Ben! The game finished 4-4, went to penalties and Josh’s team won, massive well done to Josh!
We then sat down to eat with the Department of Education Board’s Secretary, the community actually made us dinner today, this consisted of goat meat, goat intestines, fish, chicken, nshima, okra, beans, pumpkin leaves, ratatouille for our mains and deserts was sugar canes and wild cucumber. We ate all of this food with our hands. The food was unlike anything we have ever ate before. However, it is something that we massively appreciated and will certainly not forget this meal in a hurry.
Following dinner we split into two different groups and visited two local houses which were located in Linda village. Even though the local community didn't know we were coming, the welcome was warm and spontaneous. Everyone had beaming smiles on their faces and were constantly saying hello and posing for pictures.
We visited the house of Ruth and also the house of Emmanuel, who were in fact two of our trainees who helped build the laboratory block and now are trained in construction. The visit struck a few people and hit home about how little these people have! We spoke to the head of the house (Ruth), and she explained how her and her husband did not work and sold nshima. The mother had to sell 10 bags of nshima to make $1! We were also told that most of Zambia live on only $1 a day – can you believe that? She then went onto explain about how she had 6 children, 4 of these children had actually passed away as a result of aids, a severe epidemic in Zambia and something our Clinic last year is tackling well. However thanks to our support Ruth & Emmanuel recently graduated as qualified builders and will be able to find work to support their family.
The final part of the day consisted of a football match, this was the boys of the group and a couple of the teachers, we played against the under 17 team at Linda School. Two words, wow wee! These guys were the fittest, fastest, strongest people we have played against in our lives! Don’t really want to talk about the football match as I am awfully embarrassed. We were seriously taught a lesson, the final score was 4-0 with us walking away ashamed we didn’t even score one goal.
With our day well and truly jam packed we headed back to the bus with hordes of children surrounding us. Spending time with these children has been an absolute privilege and the excitement they have when we are around is infectious. We drove off with children shouting, waving and running after our truck. So it is with achey legs, a sunburnt nose and a wounded ego with me losing football that our day ended – another amazing experience.