07.02.2017 39 °C
It is still hot. We're quite sure we have never been this hot in our entire lives and cannot remember what it feels like to be cold...and our fan broke today.
The food is still spicy, custard is still common but we have found a lovely lady called Priscilla who sells the best mangoes ever so we are happy.
First, a playground update. Todd, the tyre snake is now complete and is soon to be joined by Camilla the Caterpillar and the leaning tower of tyres. We have also fixed some broken swings which the kids love.
We have added two new songs to our collection: 'Oh Happy Day' and 'Reach for the Stars' which are going down a treat. With 'Oh Happy Day' we have a soloist called Audrey who is still a bit shy but improving every day. Jay taught us how to sing the song in Ga and it sounds amazing so we have created a mashup of English and Ga which we are sure will be a show stopper at our concert at the end of our stay. Lily has developed a love hate relationship with the xylophone. Never has patience been more tested. However, Philip the xylophone player is doing very well and her patience is paying off and she may well adopt him. We've been doing some amazing drumming for all of the songs, it's so entertaining playing with these children and so much so that the other day Hannah was crying from laughing so much. The children love the ukulele, especially Daniel who can now play all three songs which are quite tricky - he is really keeping us on our toes! Our keyboard lessons with Jay and Nii are still going well...Jay is hoping to accompany 'Oh Happy Day' in the next few weeks and Nii is learning a song from one of Lily's old piano books that she brought out. We've also moved on to 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' on the recorders.
One of the hardest things we face out here is not being able to help or change everything that we would like. So we decided we just have to do what we can manage. Jay used to be a dancer however, has lost all motivation and confidence to do it which can affect her attitude towards other tasks. The other day, we had a storm that blew all power so we were plunged into darkness in our hut. With nothing else to do, and our mood a little tender due to the water seeping through our walls, we decided to play some music and have a good old dance. We had so much fun that we decided that we should do it more often and so Zumba class was born. Now, everyday we lead our Zumba lesson with Jay and we are already seeing an improvement in energy and motivation. We hope that this continues!
New to the food menu is goat and fish soup with fufu. An interesting one for Lily the vegetarian but still better than the leather. Oooh but the other day a miracle appeared in the form of cornflakes for breakfast so we ate half the box. More excitingly, we discovered Bojo beach where our first alcoholic beverage was consumed! It was a beautiful beach and you have to ride out on a little canoe to reach it. We will definitely be returning very soon. We also found Accra Mall last weekend which felt very surreal as we were suddenly exposed to a real cafe with English Breakfast Tea and proper shops that were in brick buildings! We couldn't believe that a 45 minute car journey could take you from extreme poverty to a mac makeup counter. It just made us realise how important what we are doing is as it is sometimes easy to forget. We will definitely appreciate everything we have so much when we go back home.
We would like to say another thank you for all your generous donations towards our work here on our just giving page (www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jayniimusicproject). So far we have been able to buy more paint and rope to fix the swings, an amp so that the keyboard can be played out loud and taken to gigs to allow what we are doing to be sustainable. We also found an old drum kit however, it needs a new snare, cymbals and some major tlc so we will use some of the money for this. There is still so much to be done here and so any more donations are extremely appreciated. Next on our list is a table made from the old wood and bamboo from the beach so we can all eat together and some more music books now that the children can read music.
Lots of love,
Lily and Hannah xx