The last two days at Bissell Community School have been jam packed with activities. Read more below from #ZamFam18 on what they’ve been up to.
Rosie Saunders tells us more about the classroom activity she, Samantha and Helen delivered to the children: “Monday morning was an early start for us and I was surprised to see children arriving at school as early as 7am. We were all very apprehensive about teaching our lessons as the classroom sizes vary from 35-50 students. Samantha, Helen and I chose to teach English, we arrived in the classroom and all of the children greeted us with a “Good morning Madam” which was very heart warming. The class started off slowly with the children, and us, not being too sure of how to interact due to the language barrier. As soon as we started to sing nursery rhymes all worries were gone, the children even decided to sing us some of their famous songs! Towards the end of the session we blew up some balloons and well… the carnage didn’t end!”
Liz Morris reflects on the mini sports day: “More than 300 children from the school attended our sports day and it was amazing to see how excited they all were. We separated them into houses and then into age groups. We had running, skipping, egg and spoon, relay and bean bag races. I demonstrated the relay race with Andy from Build It but it’s fair to say I was definitely outrun by the skill and enthusiasm of the children! Each child got a certificate for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place but the most poignant moment for me was taking the winning children’s pictures on an Instamatic camera. Some had never seen a camera let alone a picture of themselves in their entire lifetime. Their faces were so happy and we all hoped that their pictures would be a fantastic memento for life. Never have I seen children enjoy themselves so much with such simple activity – what a moment for us all!
Caroline Raines tells us more about the bonfire night: “We thought nothing could beat the welcome to Bissell...but we hadn’t seen the farewell! On Monday evening our hosts put on a bonfire for us and, after an exhausting day, we wandered up to the party to be met by live music and dancing (it didn’t take too long for the BGL crew to get involved and show some of their own moves). We heard from community leaders about the impact BGL has made and, yet again, there was not a dry eye in the house. But it didn’t stop there – our very own Nathan Pollard celebrated his birthday while we were away, and he was presented with a fantastic birthday cake and a very special tailored version of Happy Birthday. Nathan did turn a whiter shade of pale (ask your parents) when he was asked to respond in song, but fortunately he was rescued by further dancing and singing. An amazing end to our time in Bissell.”
Jonathan Rodriguez explains more about the donation of gifts to the children on Tuesday night followed by the arrival at Eureka Lodge for the next two nights ahead: “On our final morning at Bissell we headed over to the school to organise the giving of clothes. Our tour leader Andy arranged for the more vulnerable children to come first and choose some clothes with our help. There were 90 of these vulnerable children, all orphans. The children tried on all the clothes and chose something they liked, they were so happy. For me, it was a hard and a very emotional moment, seeing these kids so happy for one item of clothing made us realise how much of a difference we are making and how essential it is to keep helping the Bissell Community School. I really enjoyed the fact that some of the girls knew their own style and said “I don’t like that outfit”, it was so funny!
“After lunch we said our goodbyes and set off for Eureka Lodge, our home for the next two nights. We arrived to an amazing park with wildlife roaming around, I’ve never seen so many monkeys, impalas, giraffes and zebras up close, truly amazing! I’m now sat around the campfire waiting for our barbecue dinner before our visit to Linda school tomorrow.”
Read more later this week about what #ZamFam18 get up to on Wednesday at Linda School and how their first day on their canoe safari goes on Thursday!