Weeks 12, 13 & 14
13.04.2017 38 °C
Lily is 21! We had such a lovely day for her birthday - Hannah managed to surprise Lily by taking her to a lush restaurant where free prosecco was the birthday gift! Needless to say after 3 months of little alcohol we were struggling...it's a good job the children surprised Lily with their version of an African present when we got back which involved chucking large quantities of cold water over her much to their amusement. We then spent the rest of the evening in a full swing African dancing party and it was so much fun.
Three new lovely music volunteers have arrived. Polly, Fiona and Emily have come to teach the violin for three weeks and so we have a big team of music volunteers now which the kids are loving. We are really keen to do a big fundraising concert with them when we're all back in England for the centre so keep your eyes peeled! (Think we might need to do a bit of practice first though). Speaking of fundraisers, we are busy planning a fundraising party for the 1st May out here. We have a flyer all ready to go and have been busy in meetings trying to gain sponsorship and advice. We are also busy making lots of pretty jewelry, bags and stationary with Jay and the children to sell at the event and turning the sewing room into a gift shop so they can continue to sell these items once we have left.
We are starting to teach the children our Lion King Mashup this week - Michael and Mary are our soloists for "Can you feel the love tonight" and they sing so beautifully. Martin is bravely tackling the keyboard accompaniment with some highly entertaining face plants when it goes a bit wrong... This weekend they have their first performance opportunity at a cafe nearby. The cafe is run by a really friendly architect who has big plans for Jamestown so we really hope that we can set up a partnership between him and the centre for the future.
If you have ever seen Toy Story 3 (specifically the scene in the nursery where the toys think they are going to play with a group of lovely calm children and soon realise that it is quite the opposite) then you will be able to empathise with us. Meghan and Mani (the two children of Jay and Nii) attend an international school payed for by an old friend. The school is mainly attended and run by a Lebanese community. We were invited by the headmistress to go and teach some music to the children after she heard Mani singing some of the songs we have taught our children. Safe to say, it was one of the craziest experiences ever! We were teaching children from the age of 3 to 7, something neither of us have much experience of, let alone when we are left by ourselves with the children, quite literally penned into a small un-air conditioned classroom with the teachers begging us to keep them for 5 more minutes as they can't cope with their behaviour! Some of the teaching was really fun and we are teaching them a song for a programme in May however, they are all rather spoilt children and listening was not something they were used to. They did however, love our penguin dance song and the hokey cokey. It's an interesting challenge for us but we are grateful for our week off!
Julianna, Charity and in particular Mary all struggle to see and haven't had their eyes tested for a few years. Mary has managed to break every cup and plate in sight and Charity was starting to have headaches whilst trying to revise for her exams. Thanks to the amazing kindness and generosity of our friends and family who have donated we have used some of our fundraising money to get their eyes tested and buy them a pair of glasses (and a case so Mary doesn't break those too!) They are so grateful and love their glasses so much.
We really are having the best time of our lives and are trying not to feel sad about the thought of leaving in about 3 weeks! England had better be sunny when we get home or we are coming straight back here!
That's all for now, we'll see you for our last blog in three weeks!
Love Lily and Hannah xx