Part of today’s blog is written by my lovely volunteers Countney!
“Today we had a 7am wake up. We had breakfast then got ready to go to the crèche to do some hard work and to meet the children. When we arrived at the crèche and jumped out of the safari vehicle we had all the children swarm us with warm hugs and welcoming smiles. I never saw a smile that was not beautiful.
All us volunteers made sure the children knew how powerful, important, valuable and perfect they all were. Seeing the children smiling and laughing was such an amazing feeling. I think that the best thing we can do for the children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong and happy and to let them to experience everything their own way. To let them be better people and let them believe more in themselves.We all enjoyed each and every moment with the children that we will cherish for life. “
Im back again!
During the day we rotated between working with the kids and building. We are building a soup kitchen that will be attached to the school so that they may have access to kitchen facilities and therefore food every day. Today was a busy day filled with hard work! We are rendering the entire building that already exists, sanding and painting/varnishing all the wooden window and door frames, putting on the roof of the soup kitchen, putting down the floors of the soup kitchen and going offsite to source sand to fill up the sandpit. I think I can safely say, that was enough for one day’s work, and I was so proud of the volunteers today at their commitment, enthusiasm, attitudes and all around work ethic. Everyone here is keen to work as hard as possible. Not to mention working with the kids is almost as tiring as the manual labour!
It all continues tomorrow, as there is so much to do here!
But our afternoon/evening was a great way to relax and unwind. We had our Zulu lesson! We all learnt the basic greetings as well as any words we wanted to know, which may have include the word STOP (mainly for use at the school with the kids haha) We were also given our own Zulu names, some harder to pronounce than others 🙂 They are as follows:
Jess (myself) – Qhawe
Isabel – Zanele
Elli – Esihle
Katie – Sanele
Sarah – Thobile
Tegan – Thuli
Kristy – Kholiwe
Courtney – Azime
They all mean, ‘something more than special’ 🙂
After our lesson and dinner it was time to watch a traditional Zulu dance performance by the local boys of St Lucia. Zulu dancing is so fast and loud and powerful it’s impossible to keep up or get a photo that isn’t blurry! It was amazing to watch but also even more amazing to join in. We may have struggled with kicking our feet over our heads, but we gave it a good shot and had a great time doing it! Sleep will be sound tonight that’s for sure!