Monday, August 30, 2010

New Faces



Our volunteers have arrived. After about a week of getting used to things they are now in full swing. Ruth and Jordan are attending Southern University. Ruth's home state is Arkansas. She is a sophmore and majors in Social Work. Jordan is from Florida and is taking Graphic Arts. We are happy they are here and the children have made them feel very welcome. At the present, Ruth is working with the children in House 1 and Jordan is working with House 2. We will be moving them around so they can get to know all the kids. Karibu to both of you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Up, Up and Away!

This month has been filled with fun things and new experiences. Last Sunday, we took all the children on a field trip to Arusha airport. We have several boys that are facinated by airplanes. Erick desperately wants to be a pilot. Teacher Maureen had a great idea of taking the kids to the airport to see the airplanes. A doctor friend of Teacher Maureen's donated some money for the children to do something special. So we put the two ideas together and came up with chartering a small airplane for one hour. They put the children into groups of five and each group got about 15 minutes of flying time. The kids had a blast! We got different reactions from the children, some absolutely loved it, some were scared, some a little queezy, but overall it was a memorable experience for them and so fun to share with them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer Fun and Sad Goodbyes

Teacher Maureen & House 2 Teacher Maureen & House 1
Watching videos on the computer. Filling water balloons!
The whole group at the picnic.

Teacher Maureen is a volunteer that has been here with us for 5+ weeks. All of the kids have learned to read while she has been here. What a blessing to have her here helping the kids. She just loves reading and promotes it heavily so the kids have enjoyed reading and being read to while she has been here.

Yesterday we had a picnic in her honor. We played games all afternoon like duck, duck, goose, water balloon toss, relay races, and even some African games. We had a picnic supper at the pavilion with roasted hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, potato salad and ice cream. So much fun was had by all.

Today Teacher Maureen left to go back to the United States. There were many tears and sad goodbye hugs. We will miss you Teacher Maureen but will hope and pray that you come back next year! Thank you for your time and love.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Construction

Abdul reading with Teacher Maureen

Latest work on Administration Building

It was so nice to have Baba Frazier and Mama Virginia here for the past couple of weeks. Much construction was completed and the new administration building is really coming along. Days are getting warmer. The kids are on a break from school for this month. Nice to have some time off for them. We have a volunteer teacher from the states here working with kids for about six weeks. She has been a tremendous help in teaching them to read among other things. She is amazing with them. Really good at what she does. We are blessed to have her here. When Maureen leaves we will have 2 volunteers coming for 10 months. We are looking forward to that as well.