Our first day with the kids of South Africa!
A few of us got up extra early before breakfast to go and purchase soup and bread for the kids at the crèche, which we’ll continue to do until we finish up their new kitchen. The kitchen is meant to be a place for the teachers and aides at the crèche to be able to cook for the children who may or may not get many meals at home. Often times children will get a corn meal mush for breakfast, and sometimes either rice or pap, which is another cornmeal-based staple of the Zulu people. Hopefully after these guys finish the new kitchen we can have more opportunities for these children to access even better nutrition since the kitchen will be at their command!
And while some of us were out getting those supplies, Lexi was busy on her own adventure to get ou of her room! Lexi, who was hungry and ready for breakfast, decided to walk out of her room only to find that the door didn’t open on the first try. So instead of trying the handle again to see if it was locked, she panicked and decided to start climbing out the window! But after she got her top half through, TJ found her and started taking photos and laughing as she told Lexi the door was unlocked. After stopping her climb through the window and trying the door again, the door was miraculously unlocked the whole time! Genius!
Although we were already having a laugh by breakfast, we had an awesome time getting to work this morning as well. With one group at another crèche ROV built in the past, helping to create bricks for the new kitchen from scratch (what?!?) others of us started to get to work digging loads of rock and sand to bring in for cement and the foundation of the new crèche kitchen.
Obviously we also had a blast playing with all the kiddos while we did this! As soon as we rocked up to start work, they all began to yell with excitement and start running to the gate to come say hello and meet us all! They were incredibly excited to play on their jungle gym, learn some numbers, colors and shapes, and even go for piggy-back rides and get tickled.
Afterward a few of us wrapped up the day by visiting the markets, getting some cool gifts for our families at home (hint hint!) and taking showers to get all the sand out of our hair. However, despite the showers, we think all the sand stayed in our ears…
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