To start the day we headed to Linda School and walked through the Community to visit the local Samaritan’s Church. The walk to the Church was an eye-opening and amazing experience. Half of us were so amazed that we lost the rest of the team and Handsen had to come and rescue us!
As we walked through the Community, children were running and playing. The children were happy and smiley with most of them waving and saying hello. Looking around me I couldn’t help feel a little sad that most of these children didn’t have shoes and their clothes were dirty.
Amongst many of the welcoming children was “Batman”, Batman appeared around every corner we went, more than happy to have his photo taken and as you can see he made us smile too!
As we entered the Church handshakes all around followed by beautiful singing, though this was second (to me) behind the skills displayed with a Tambourine! The people welcomed us and prayed for us, thanking us for our contribution to their community and wishing us well. This was a heartfelt thank you to us and indicated how the work we had done had really impacted the whole community.
The real work started when we got back to the school. The team were split into two, half of us helping plant trees and bushes in the garden and the other half, painting the decorations on the outside of the science blocks.
Whilst painting the outside walls myself and Sophie were intrigued by the lessons Gareth was giving the local children on how to use your knuckles to tell you how many days there are in a month (mostly because neither of us knew!) and what a leap year is.
By the end of the day most of us had been involved in planting trees, which entailed a pick axe and some serious elbow grease! Fortunately we had the help of some locals who had really nailed the technique and just didn’t stop! We wanted to thank these locals for all of their hard work so donated some of the many clothes we brought out with us.
The day was knitted together with chatter, greetings and a real sense of Community. As we left, I speak for myself and the team when I say we felt a swell of pride and achievement when looking out the side of the truck we saw the decorated Science blocks, a scattering of trees and some of the children teaching each other how to work out how many days in a month there is using their knuckles!
To top this day off, as we drove back into the camp where we were greeted by Giraffes, a Zebra and even our very own camp dog, who we have affectionately called Jackie. A-Mazing!