We Have Received So Much From Our Experience

Saturday morning was our second weekend and we felt the loss of our team members. We rearranged the table into a square and started our week with enthusiasm. Lots going on this weekend – a wedding on Saturday and church and a hike on Sunday.

Early Saturday morning we went to the school to help the teachers prepare the food for the festivities.  Kathryn B., Nicolle, Grace, Angela, and Tony helped cut vegetables for the salad, cut oranges for the dessert, wash the plates, fold napkins, and anything else we could do to help. These are such good moments with these young men and women. Everyone was laughing and talking about the wedding in the afternoon. It is easy to see the evidence of Global Volunteers in this community. I am reminded daily how much the people here appreciate our service. Little do they know that we have received so much from our experiences. Edward has gently pushed us to reach deeper into the community and speak with as many as we can. Angie and Mimi have been welcomed into so many houses and Kathryn B. and myself have done quite a bit of visiting. When we walk down those rusty red roads and the children call to us to come into their homes, they are so proud to introduce us to them.

Hina, Mimi and Angie went to the Roman Catholic Clinic to change the dressings of Sam, the burn victim, who is four years old. It was a stroke of luck that we had a doctor, two nurses, and a pre-med student on our team. Hina, our pre-med student, is the only one left and she and Mimi go daily to treat Sam. Tony and Hina are continuing to teach classes at the clinic.

We dressed up for the wedding and what a “send-off” it was. Music, singing, dancing, and champagne toasts for the families of the bride and groom along with introductions of people who made it all possible and presentation of gifts. We did not join them for dinner. Kathryn B. and her daughter Nicole washed hands and served food.

Tan1407a1 Global Volunteers from the Sunday church service in pomerini.

Tan 1407a1 Global Volunteers pomerini hick.

Sunday we went to church, and once again were awed by the beautiful music that the Young Mother’s choir and the Old Mother’s Choir sang with the men blending in. I would love to have it on a CD to enjoy at home.

We had a great hike in the afternoon. We walked to a falls in the area where children swim, mothers do washing, and a family grows vegetables. Walking back we climbed quite a hill and felt refreshed as we went back to relax the rest of the day.

Evenings have been spent playing Werewolves and Spoons bringing down the house with laughter.

Entry submitted by: Kathryn 

Message of the Day – Mimi: “The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.” –Mahatma Gandhi


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