Monday, July 6, 2009

Half Way Again!

Well I can’t believe we are already half way through another term, and visiting day has come and gone. Alley and I have definitely been busy the past few months and it seemed that before we knew it the Big Day had snuck up on us! The kids were all a buzz about Saturday, asking us constantly if we would be coming. Of course!

Learning from experience, we decided to bring food for the kids instead of paying the ridiculous prices the school vendors were charging for chicken and chipsies. So, we made a run to the grocery and spent the Friday before cooking 70+ pieces of chicken for all the kids. We also convinced Mama Baby, who runs the rice and beans joint in our neighborhood to cook up some chapati for us. The morning of Visiting Day, Alley and I rolled out of our house with 70+ chicken pieces, chapatis, lollies, and juices. We arrived two hours past the starting time, and yet Lou, Alley and I found ourselves still nearly 2 hours early. Gotta love the pace of Africa.

The boys enjoying the chicken

The day proved to be a success! All the primary classes performed for us and many of the older kids were involved in skits, singing with the choir or dance troops. We even saw a performance of Enrique Inglesias by two twins in Form 5, and yes there were young girls screaming. It was amazing really.

The babies performing!

We also had a great turn out of visitors! Amani and Franco, our new tuition tutors showed up with lollies, which were a big hit! Sister Enna and some folks drove 6 hours from Lushoto to visit with Richard, Isack, Simon and Zacharia. Mama Mike came with Mama Neema and Mama Simone and her daughter Cathy came. Mama Pendo from Nkoroanga Orphanage and Mr. Pallangyo and Mr. Kaia from Good Hope came by. Maggie who cares for Lomanyaki and Namayani rushed to school after work to hang with the babies. Glady and Esther’s Dad and Step-mom, and several other relatives of the kids came to play as well. It was great and everyone was thrilled to have some company outside of Alley, Lou and myself!

Amani and his friends!
All in all I think it was another great day!

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