Monday 13th January – Starting work at the creche!

We awoke on Monday morning to cloudy skies, slightly coller weather and some light rain. This was actually perfect. We had a lot of hard work to get done today and if the sun had been shinning and the temperatures high, we were going to struggle! So we had breakfast, loaded up the vehicles and headed to the village to start our work on the creche that the ROV groups have been builsing since June last year.

There were lots of different jobs to do. Firstky we needed to clear the ground of the grass in the area where the new jungle gym was to go.

Jemma, Dan and Grace clearing the grass from the area where we were to build the new jungle gym.

Jemma, Dan and Grace clearing the grass from the area where we were to build the new jungle gym.

Many of the schools were still on summer holidays so we had some of the older children from the village come and visit us.

Lexie and Georgia started off helping with some of the children that had turned up to see us.

Lexie and Georgia started off helping with some of the children that had turned up to see us.

We needed to erect a fence around the perimeter of the site in order to make the area secure and safe for the children that would be attending the creche, so firstly we had to clear the vegetation in order to lay the wires and the fence. Jessa, Mark, Georgia and Katie set to work on this initial task.

Clearing the perimeter of the site in order to put up the fence.

Clearing the perimeter of the site in order to put up the fence.

We also need to finish plastering the inside of the creche which meant we needed concrete to be mixed. This is tough work, but someone had to do it!

Caitlin, Kimberly and Bill mixing concrete, the old fashioned way - by hand!!!

Caitlin, Kimberly and Bill mixing concrete, the old fashioned way – by hand!!!

After the perimeter area was cleared, the wire was laid and then the group started on putting up the fence. They did a fantastic job and managed to get two sides put up in the one day.

Putting up the fence - Rich was helped by "The Fence Team" - Mark, Georgia, Katie

Putting up the fence – Rich was helped by “The Fence Team” – Mark, Cailin, Georgia and Katie

We spent the whole day at the creche site, taking a packed lunch with us and managed to get half the fence done, half the jungle gym erected, the plastering on the inside walls finished and some land cleared around the play areas for the children. Well done ladies and gents, you did a fantastic job today!

We rewarded them with supper, followed by a Zulu language lesson and a Zulu Dance performance!

The Zulu Dancers!

The Zulu Dancers!

The volunteers were also invited to try their hand at Zulu Dancing! It was highly entertaining, as you can see…

Attempting some Zulu Dancing.

Attempting some Zulu Dancing.

After this everyone was, as you can imagine, exhausted! An early night was on the cards ready for another day of hard graft on Tuesday!

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