All the single ladies and all the married ladies!

I will get to the meaning of today’s blog title soon but first I want to tell you all at home about the day we had at the crèche. Again it was straight to work on arrival, finishing the soup kitchen by putting up the ceiling. Which turned out to be an awesome arm workout for all the volunteers who helped. Our first hiccup was putting the short people on ceiling duty…as we soon learned that was not a smart idea! Elli and Tegan came to the rescue! Haha! We also stared working on a mural painting in the crèche, as the white was a little boring. Here, Katie came to the rescue and designed beautiful drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse as well as flowers, bumble bees and more! We even got some blackboard/chalkboard paint for the teachers to be able to write on and also one for the kids to play with.
If that wasn’t enough work, we also started on the toilet block and getting to sand for the front area of the soup kitchen. It was all hands on deck and I’m sure if you ask anyone here they will tell you that playing with the kids is even harder work than the manual labour!

Breakfast at the creche

Breakfast at the creche

The patio to the new soup kitchen

The patio to the new soup kitchen

The start of the bathroom block

The start of the bathroom block

Roofing like experts

Roofing like experts

roofing take 2!

roofing take 2!

Katie starting the mural inside

Katie starting the mural inside

Teaching the kids duck duck goose!

Teaching the kids duck duck goose!

Kristy with her new best friend

Kristy with her new best friend

In the afternoon, after we got home from the crèche, we had a visit to a Zulu cultural village. This is where we got to walk around a mock village and learn a lot about the Zulu culture. The utensils they used, the customs they lived by, how the houses were built and much more! We even learnt about the Zulu traditional dress and were lucky enough to try it on! Traditionally the single women would wear only a beaded skirt, a beaded necklace and head piece…yep…that’s all! Naturally, the volunteers that wore the single woman’s costumes decided to keep their clothes on underneath…phew! The “married” women on the other hand wore a heavy leather skirt and a beaded shirt with a beaded belt and hat. I think we enjoyed taking the photos more than you will enjoy seeing them 🙂 A Zulu dance by local men was the finishing touches to our visit.

Learning to weave a floor mat

Learning to weave a floor mat

Kristy with her future husband (sorry bf at home)

Kristy with her future husband (sorry bf at home)

Courtney rocking the single lady Zulu outfit

Courtney rocking the single lady Zulu outfit

single ladies surrounded by "married ladies"

single ladies surrounded by “married ladies”

Zulu dancers

Zulu dancers

Group- love with Busi and Nqobile

Group- love with Busi and Nqobile

Loving our safari truck!

Loving our safari truck!

Tonight will be our last night all together so it was spent just hanging out, chatting and laughing over a few cold ones 🙂 It’s going to be very hard to say goodbye!

Until tomorrow,
~ Jess

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