Final day with the Kids

What a full on day we had today!
Jo Back

With it being Friday today was the last day we would be working at the Creche with the kids around as well. We worked until lunchtime trying to finish off the new floor in the Creche, the roof of the Soup Kitchen, the foundation for the Water catchment and the the varnishing of the playground.

Sienna delivering concrete for the flooring

Sienna delivering concrete for the flooring

Our Roof team of Sia, Bernie and Cat

Our Roof team of Sia, Bernie and Cat

Our builder helping us with the top coat of the flooring

Our builder helping us with the top coat of the flooring

 

 

 

 

 

 

When lunchtime arrived we had a party for the children at the Creche with various toys, candy and educational supplies that the team had brought from home or purchased here for the kids.

It is amazing to see the joy in their faces at the most simple of things. Blowing bubbles can have a group of kids completely content, a sucker is the greatest treat in the world, not to mention their elation at receiving basic classroom supplies like pencils and colouring books.

SMILE

SMILE

Blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles

Trying out her new recorder

Trying out her new recorder

Mel with her little one

Mel with her little one

Im going to miss seeing these beautiful children tomorrow as we try and finish off all our project work. They have made every day so worth it, and while it is amazing to help them out they have left a huge impact on each and everyone of us.

After lunch and the party was finished it was time to sadly say goodbye to the kids and head to Veyane cultural village.

Veyane is set up as a traditional Zulu village to teach people about the customs, living conditions and celebrations of the Zulu people as their ancestors used to live.

Outside the secret entrance into the village

Outside the secret entrance into the village

Handshake Jo Weave

As we entered the village after being welcomed in we learnt about the different sleeping quarters of the village (boys on one side, girls on the other), traditional Zulu weapons and how they made them and of course Zulu dancing and stick fighting.

Showing off a Zulu spear

Showing off a Zulu spear

Cat with her shield (now bag) and spear

Cat with her shield (now bag) and spear

Zulu dancing

Zulu dancing

Dan fighting a Zulu warrior

Dan fighting a Zulu warrior

After this we then got to try on the traditional Zulu clothes of the Women and Men as well as visit a Sangoma (Zulu Witch Doctor)

Zulu single ladies

Zulu single ladies

Zulu Men

Zulu Men

The Sangoma

The Sangoma

Ally working on her balance

Ally working on her balance

It capped off an absolutely fantastic day. To do so much and learn so much was brilliant and gives us the motivation to finish off our projects tomorrow morning for the community!

 

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