CRECHE BLOG – First day at the Creche

Wow what an amazing first day at the creche!

Hannah with a little rascal

Hannah with a little rascal

It is such a change from being out at the gamepark, so many smiling faces, hugs and a whole lot of noise. Driving out in the morning to the first of the two creches we are working at we were waved at by every person in the community both old and young. It instantly made us feel at home and set the tone for what was going to be a great day.

Monica gets a new hairdresser

Monica gets a new hairdresser

As we arrived at the first creche we were greeted by smiling kids all wanting to be picked up, tickled, chased, try on sunglasses but most of all try out cameras! The kids absolutely love taking pictures of not only themselves but us and everything around us. We would often find throughout the day after lending the camera to a child another 100 photos taken! Because of this there have been some incredible candid pictures taken from the childrens perspective (I will upload a range of these later).

Charlie making good use of the Wheel Barrow

Charlie making good use of the Wheel Barrow

On the work and construction side of things we split into two groups. One based at the first creche building concrete blocks to be used for the soup kitchen we are building and the other group at the second creche mixing concrete and looking after the children with educational games and sport.

The crew learning to mix cement

The crew learning to mix cement

Megan and Hannah mixing cement

Megan and Hannah mixing cement

Over the course of the day I think everyone gained a new found appreciation of the hard work parents of young children have on a daily basis, while so rewarding it can be extremely tiring having two different kids hanging off you at all times. Everytime hearing them laugh or seeing them smile makes it all worth it.

Digging dirt and telling stories

Digging dirt and telling stories

Hannah is all Smiles with the bricks

Hannah is all Smiles with the bricks

Production line for moving the bricks

Production line for moving the bricks

Over the course of the day many new friends were made as we also made steady progress on our construction work. Tomorrow we are going to be starting on a foundation for the water catchment needed at the creche so this will keep us very busy.

Hannah making friends

Hannah making friends

Kayla and Hannah giving shoulder rides

Kayla and Hannah giving shoulder rides

Monica teaching hand games

Monica teaching hand games

Megan and Lacy playing Football (Soccer)

Megan and Lacy playing Football (Soccer)

Lacy showing her great smile

Lacy showing her great smile

Getting back after our work we decided to head out to the annual Hippo Festival happening in St Lucia where there were market stalls, live music,rugby on the television…. but most importantly for us a GIANT BLOW UP SLIDE!

Kayla trying out the slide

Kayla trying out the slide

It made for a fun finish to what had been a fantastic first day out here. But little did we know there was one surprise left, after getting back to our accommodation we were called outside by the staff to check out the Hippo that had wandered into the neighbours front lawn!

Hippo caught in the front yard on the cellphone camera

Hippo caught in the front yard on the cellphone camera

We then had a bonfire and sat around telling stories and jokes from the day. A perfect Saturday night!

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