It is my last day – what can I say? The discomforts of a basic bathroom, cockroaches, mosquitoes and the heat are little to pay for this great experience with wonderful people. The teaching has been tiring but very rewarding and the children are very loving. They ask me when I will return and I just know that I will. I started out fearing an earthquake, a tsunami on Lombok and catching malaria!! These are tiny possibilities and I soon felt safe and that I had come with a special job to do.
Photos of some children and sleep time in the afternoon.
Some of the lovely children here. Little Firman next me.
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The Seaford College teddies found very loving homes today and Sarah photographed the children as they received them ! See previous post for the opening of the new classes – a special day here!
Elegant and graceful dancing and they looked so beautiful. The costumes were borrowed from members of the church.
Today marked the very special day of the opening of the new classes funded by the supporters of BEATS charity – a very special day that I will not forget. The whole school gathered on the dusty playground under big tarpaulins to protect them from the sun and the ceremony was unforgettable. Singing, traditional Indonesian dancing in costume, speeches by Pak Ndraha, Sarah, the sponsor of the tables and chairs and the Heads of the schools. Spoken mostly in English with just a little Indonesian! It seemed an emotional occasion especially for Sarah to see this project really come to fruition. I felt very honoured to be asked to cut the ribbon – that is a first for me and very humbling. After the ceremony all the staff, over 25, shared a delicious traditional lunch – with chilli and rice of course.
The start of the day was spent with Kindergarten!! We sang ‘Jesus’ Love’ and followed by colours again! A few less tears today and I’m obviously not that scary after all! The room is bare but Sarah has bought posters and we have been busy making laminated pictures to brighten up the place. I have learnt so much Indonesian!
The great excitement is that the new classes will be opened tomorrow and there will be a big ceremony Indonesian Style !! With traditional dancing, singing, Sarah giving a speech and guess what…..me cutting the ribbon ! Wow I feel very humble!!
YASAH never stops – It’s a buzzing place! Sometimes resting is hard and at night it seems so hot that you wake gasping for breath! I am aware of my time running out and I don’t want to say goodbye on Friday.