Life is good in Maronka and we're still excited!
Diana Mears spent a week with us and has just returned to the UK. She was very impressed with our work and is coming back in January for 3 months to volunteer. Diana enjoyed reading with the little ones and we worked together with some of the teachers on the Hummingbirds, Sparrow and Kingfishers class assembly in which the children sang a selection of songs with great enthusiasm and very confidently. We are already working on some new songs and we all miss you Diana...hurry back!
Diana also helped us sew our mosquito netting into curtains for the verandah and sleeping areas. It was wonderful when baby Mohammed Obai came to visit (isn't he gorgeous) and us girls took time out for cuddles...
...whilst the men got on with hanging up the curtains.
Life is busy here with the girls and every day is different, teaching them life skills like teethbrushing and basic values, like I must not beat my friend. The girls have agreed their own rules for the house and supporting them to stick to their rules is a 24 hour job for us.
We are loving every minute of the challenge and one of our biggest at the moment (as we mentioned last time) is THE WASHING! This is a special challenge in itself and its still growing especially as the planet still thinks its rainy season here some days and we cannot get it dry.
We saw on facebook the other day that many people have started their Christmas shopping and some have even finished it...amazing but seemingly true! It got us thinking that we should get some stockings together for the girls and we thought we would ask our wonderful supporters to help us by purchasing a small item off our Amazon wishlist.
If you would like to send a gift, all you have to do is click on the Amazon link http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/8SU8SDVN5IDO (and the link is also to the left of this page). Just choose your gift, pop it in your basket, pay and it will be automatically posted to us! How easy is that?...but please do this before 10th November to ensure it reaches the girls for 25th December. As a big thank you we promise to send you all photos of Christmas Day excitement in the girls house.
And if you are struggling to find the perfect gift we can also help you! We have EducAid Calendars featuring our beautiful students who put on their biggest and cheesiest smiles just for you and your friends to share all year round. At Only £ 9.99 they are a bargain present and helping a child as £10 covers the monthly cost of 1 child at Educaid.
If you would like 1 or 2 or 3 please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
p.s The girls are loving their teddies, they go everywhere with them.
If you are interested in knowing more about EducAid's work with vulnerable young people, please go to http://www.educaid.org.uk/ and http://www.educaidsierrleone.blogspot.com/