Zambia day three: Paper aeroplanes, the hokey cokey and sports day fun
Abigail and Blaise describe what happened when our #ZamFam19 took over the classrooms and playing field at Kamaila School.
The children here are so special. Every inch of them is filled with love and laughter and this was noticeable from the moment we arrived at Kamaila. We were greeted by over 100 children who sang a song they had learned especially for our visit. They also brought flowers for us. We felt welcome, that’s for sure.
This experience really moved me and made me think of life in the UK and how we interact with others. We are all guilty of walking down the street and ignoring those less fortunate than ourselves or even not saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. The children in Zambia are so respectful and appreciate everything.
Today was extra special and a day I will never forget. We spent the full day with the children, teaching them how to play the hokey cokey, playing Connect Four, magnetic blocks and making paper aeroplanes.
The personal highlight for me was teaching the children how to make the paper aeroplanes and seeing the smiles on their faces when we went outside to fly them. They had the best time and so much fun with one piece of paper – it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
There are many things I will take away from this amazing trip but the main one will be to pay more attention to others and to never take things for granted. Just saying "hello" and taking the time to speak to others, might make their day.
What an afternoon we’ve had! After an amazing start to the day in the classroom, I was wondering if we could keep the momentum up in the afternoon with our sports day.
The team from Build It International and Baraka started to lead out the children, who were chanting to get themselves (and us) geared up. The energy was electrifying.
I was responsible for marshalling the group with Tommy from Baraka. I thought I was going to get off lightly until he had me doing a Zambian warm-up in the afternoon Zambian heat! I was shattered!
The kids loved each activity we put on. They were also exceptionally good at each bit, especially the beanbag throwing. Who knew someone so small could clear a football field with a beanbag! They put us to shame.
As the afternoon came to a close, Kelly got everyone ‘cooled down’ (if that was possible in the blistering heat) by getting some of the kids to show us some of their signature dancing. All in all, it has been such a good day and the best so far.
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Arriving in Zambia
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Teaching, goat meat & football
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