They had more work to do today! That is the tale for the remainder of the trip, but not one person is sad about it. I am here to motivate, but they are all so motivated already, it’s amazing! I don’t even have to make sure they’re up in the morning. They all rush down to breakfast, ready to get going for the day. It’s so inspiring. We all have a way of picking each other up and encouraging one another without even saying anything. I am so lucky to have people like them with me! I wish it wasn’t only two weeks…
Driving out to the crèches was excitement enough, but what made it even better was the fact that all the kids were waiting for us when we arrived. They all stood outside jumping up and down. They were waving and jumping with the biggest smiles on their faces. It was like we hadn’t seen them for months and were coming home finally. I can’t imagine a better feeling than that. Someone who is so excited to see you for absolutely no reason other than to just play with them. It melts all of our hearts and sets us up for the entire day.
We continued on all the work we had started the previous day. At the old crèche, we were making bricks, painting some more and helping finish up the walls to the soup kitchen. It’s almost done!! They also managed to finish the wooden poles outside the crèche! I have to apologize though because my camera had some issues today, so I don’t have many working pictures, but I promise to take loads tomorrow to make up for it! I do, however, have some adorable pictures of the children who took my camera and took pictures of themselves. They’re too cute to handle.
At the new crèche, we had to make more runs back and forth to collect sand. We now have two massive piles of sand to use! The entire plastering, the trike track and the tire pyramid need heaps of sand, so it is very essential that we get as much as we can so we can start building it! Tomorrow we should be able to begin the base of the pyramid and the asphalt for the track! It’s so darn exciting!! Again, I’m sorry about the lack of pictures…
This afternoon we ran back, got changed really quickly and went out to a traditional zulu village for our cultural tour. It was a leap into zulu culture as we learned everything there is to know about their traditional way of life. We got to use our zulu language skills to greet the villagers and be welcomed into their homes. We saw a lookout building, a traditional round house where the food is prepared and shared for meals, a medicine man’s hut, the men’s side and huts and the women’s side and huts. We also saw the fire pit area where the men zulu dance and fight.
At one point, we learned about the traditional attire for the zulu men and women and a couple of us got to try on the beads. The single ladies wear the beaded necklace, skirt and headdress. Traditionally, they don’t wear anything else, but of course, we decided to keep the clothes on. The married ladies are more covered and wear a long skirt, shirt, belt, beads around their neck and a hat. The men’s attire is a bit different than the ladies, but it looks very cool on!
After the tour, we made our way into the sand pit area where the men showed us how to fight with the sheep skin shields and the spears. They move so quickly, and are very sharp with their fighting techniques. However, I think Jourdan and Ricky help their ground well! Maybe they’ll be zulu warriors one day.
The zulu men also put on a dance performance for us and displayed the warrior zulu dancing. They bend down, throw their legs out, stand up, and throw their legs way up by their ears all within a span of ten seconds. It’s like a flash of movement and it’s all to the sounds of the beating drums. They even sing African songs the whole time along with some zipping and hoo hawing. The girls were really into it and went along with the whistles for their favorite dancers. It made it so fun for us! After they were finished, they all came swarming into the crowd and grabbed a few of us to join them in a zulu dance. They taught us some moves and then let us have a solo moment. Luckily, we were all very awkward in our dancing, but it was still so much fun! It was such a unique experience learning about the culture and getting involved in many of those traditions. We all loved it so much!
Tomorrow we’re ready for more work and play!!
S’penqueque (Tara’s zulu name)