If you could sum up today in one word it would be challenging, emtionally and physically.
It began when we visited Zama school, reuniting with friends we made on previous days. We also endured a South African history lesson which definitely constrasted the education we were used to at home! Bonding with the children was so rewarding because they were so thankful for everything we gave them; to see their little faces light up when we stepped off the bus was heartwarming.
We then proceeded to the Squatter Camp via our very enthusiastic bus driver Johnny. The first thing that we did was listen to the performances and songs the community had put together to welcome us to their village, Barcelona. Despite our efforts in ‘Living on a Prayer’, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and ‘Calypso Carol’, nothing could compare to the joy and happiness the African women expressed through song and dance. Lunch consisted of a traditional squatter camp meal- pap, rice, squash and beetroot made by the generous women working in the soup kitchen. The remaining cases were sorted, children entertained and goods handed out to the less-privileged camp members. Many of us were soon worn out by the constant sea of children following us around, asking for tickles and piggy-backs. They all seemed so happy despite having so little which really made everyone think a little more about things we take for granted on a daily basis. We left the camp after donating one item to each child and mother and wishing the camp owner the best in the future.
After a long day of work, nothing was funnier than us girls doing Ted’s, George’s and AJ’s makeup although I doubt they enjoyed it as much as we did! Dinner was another variation of soup, beef stew and more custard and sponge pudding which brought an end to a very long, although rewarding, day.
Mum and Alan, I hope you are enjoying Greece. Missing you and sending all my love. Tasha XX
Hi Mum and Dad, hope you are impressed I finally wrote on the blog although don’t expect me on the Vlog any time soon! Enjoy your holiday, hope the weather improves for you – Love Emma XX
To Mum and Dad, sorry for the lack of contact. I miss you both loads; hope you’re not misssing me too much. Love you loads, Maze XX