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Day Three of the Mosquito Net Project

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Our days follow a certain routine which begins with having breakfast while we print the pictures from the day before and discuss the previous day’s events. We must have printed over forty pictures before 8:30 a.m.! Then it’s off to the school for reading with the younger kids and Nancy spent some time sewing buttons on the children’s uniforms. David spent some more time preparing the orphanage for the eventual move while Nancy served lunch to all of the kids. Today it was porridge but we were not sure what that is. At 3:00 p.m., after what seems like an interminable delay, we set to the village with some of the teachers and staff, carrying ten mosquito nets.  Two hours later we returned. While it was hot and humid, we enjoyed spending the time with the families. David took the photos while Nancy and Gift (a staff person), who is quite tall, installed the nets. They had to be sure to instruct each family on the proper use and care of the net. Of course, Nancy had candy for the families which made all the kids really smile. Once the first “sweet” came out we were followed by a large group of children hoping for more.  One of the major problems we had today was most of the children’s beds/mats were outside drying. The reason for this is the roofs have small holes in them to let the light in. Good idea in the dry season, bad idea in the rainy season.

On the way back, one girl, who we would guess to be about 2 years old, spied us walking and began to scream uncontrollably. We were told that she had probably never seen a white person. This of course made David want to talk to her even more.
Off to a quick dinner at Margaret and Charles and then to bed early. We have learned that we will be distributing more nets tomorrow to another village. This village is even poorer than the one we have been spending time in. Tomorrow is also our last full day here and we are beginning to feel sad about leaving. While the events of each day are overwhelming, the children, teachers and staff are so warm and loving that we will miss them all.
Tomorrow we have a surprise for you. Stay tuned.

  • Denise | Feb 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Oooo, a surprise!! I can’t wait! I can’t believe you are leaving already!! Love all the pictures. You are going to have to blow some of them up and hang them in your homes.

  • Chris | Feb 7, 2010 at 4:11 am

    OMG sounds wonderful, thank you so much for letting us live viacriously! David, when children screem you should not engage them – (Chris’ advice) sounds like you are having a great time, We think Alyssia’ move went smoothly today, we have the leftoevr tools in our car now. We look forward to hearing about Cape Town!
    Ann and Chris

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