The adventures continue!
I feel sort of spoiled having access to the internet twice is just one week!
It’s still busy here and we’ve actually picked up a lot of momentum within the past two days. Ellen and I had a very successful and productive meeting with Mama Warra and Mr. Nnko on Monday afternoon during which we mapped out some larger one-time projects, as well as some on-going ones. We have a pretty fantastic start on upcoming projects and priorities for 2010! Additionally, we had a meeting yesterday with all the staff to formally introduce Ellen, Isaac (a Tanzanian man who just joined the team as an administrative assistant), and myself, as I’ve received some new duties.
The staff is incredible here and I admire them all so very much for the hard work they do. They consistently remain all smiles and shower so much love upon the children it makes me cry…in fact, that’s just what I did during the meeting yesterday. So professional, I know! As we went around the room and Mr. Nnko introduced each member, he had them stand up when he explained what they do. Some of the women were so shy and just looked down as his words filled the room. These 14 people are some of the most humble I have met. Period.
Anyway, it was decided that I will be teaching English to the children daily and teaching the staff twice a week. Once the latter announcement was made during yesterday’s meeting, the room erupted with clapping and shouts! The staff is SO excited to learn English. I just hope I am an adequate teacher for them! Instructing the children is one thing, as the older ones have a much better grasp on the language and the little ones just crave your attention they’ll do anything! I’m sure it’ll be yet another adventure with the staff but I truly feel blessed to have such an opportunity to spend quality time with them.
Ellen is just great and she is really going to be a rock star here at Shalom. I am so thankful to be working with her. We cleared out the office yesterday where she and I (for the time being) will be. It’s perfect and right on the front of the building so we can see any time someone arrives at Shalom. There’s so much light and we will actually be hiring the painter to paint the room, as well as Isaac’s office, and the babies’ bedroom later this week. (paint purchased compliments of Journeys of Solutions).
We had two fantastic volunteers, Courtney and Ashley, arrive at Shalom on Monday night to help for the next week or so. Ellen actually met then en route to Zanzibar and invited them to come. Since they are traveling around the world and have been for 7 months, their schedule is pretty flexible. The two are fantastic and from Canada. The children especially loved playing football with Courtney, as they LOVE when guys come to visit. They are going to help us paint some murals on the walls in addition to spending time with the children.
I know some of you are interested in sponsoring children to attend the local English-medium school. Ellen and I will hopefully visit next week and get the definitive details on cost breakdown and such.
We are hoping to get internet at Shalom as well, as it’s quite special attempting to access it in town. One can learn so much patience trying to do so…special.
Until next week….asante sana.