Sunday, June 28, 2009

Go Fly a Kite

Not much rubbish here gets wasted by throwing it away. Most things have the possibility for much more than one use. When Katie and I buy are groceries we always save the plastic bags. Sometimes the boys want to use them to roll up into a soccer ball (when I won’t let them use the nice one), or use them as a bag to carry their notebooks for school. Yesterday they all came by asking for a few “plastics” each. They took a few sticks and turned it into a kite. They then took the woven bags that we were storing the maize in, and unraveled some parts of them to make some string. A new piece of string had to be tied on about every six feet or so.

Here is a picture of Bobo (2nd grade) getting his kite started in the air.

Here is one that Boyd (5th grade) had built. All the other boys said that He was the professional, and his was the highest flying kite.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Over the last week or so our relationships with the kids have really bloomed. I think they are realizing that we are here to stay and not going to leave them any time soon, and they have learned that we are here for them. It has been nice getting to develop our relationships a little more deeply, as we are learning the best ways for us to be help to the kids.

Although it took quite some time, we finally got (almost) all the kids together for a group picture. Rather than trying to name them all and have you try figure out who is who, we are just going to make sure to include a variety of individual kids in our posts


This is a picture taken while we were waiting for all the others to be rounded up for a group picture. It will be easier to name these kids. To my right is Elvis (5th grade), with his arm around me is Kelvin (7th grade), saluting is Simon (7th grade), the boys kneeling are, from the left, Boyd (5th grade), Gift (5th grade), Martin (1st grade), Allan (he is a day student in 1st grade).