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.
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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.
The senior students have many jobs to do before school – cutting and collecting crops such as cassava or beans, cooking, cleaning etc
Spent another busy day with all the age groups! My routine is wake to singing and praise at 5am! Fall asleep again. Up at 630am and to the Elementary ( 5-11 yrs) at 730am. They finish at 1130am and I rest – it’s getting very hot! After lunch, the senior classes at 1pm and finish at 5pm tired out but having had lots of fun! The teachers are so keen that breaktime in the shade is spent teaching English over iced coffee – ‘kopi’. The teacher with Sarah is Veronica, sponsored by Heather from Seaford – she is so much fun and we are going to her house tomorrow. They have been so welcoming and fascinated with life in England! I also wore my lovely batik dress given to me by Santy in Lombok – I’m overwhelmed with the friendship from everyone. Ronardo, in red, is the sport teacher sponsored by Seaford Prep school.
Sarah was very brave and gave a sermon at the morning praise at 10 am – Pak Ndraha translated into English – the theme was ‘Wisdom’. The children here praise with very much conviction and their singing is very moving.
I was admiring a ‘becak’ after praise when I was offered a ride ! Ingenious for transporting the whole family Indonesian style! They are everywhere as the roads are poorly surfaced and most people can’t afford a car.
The children had several sets of Indonesian visitors today bringing lunches and many provisions.
The term for tourist here is ‘bule’!
Which person is wearing the silliest hat ?!
At 2 pm today we travelled to YACAN orphanage to pick up Sarah and spent time with the children again and showed Marine around the site – an amazing place! Sarah has had a great week spending time with the children and doing some teaching too!
In the evening the older students had a service again in YASAH and students playing – they are such talented musicians. My photo here is from earlier in the week at a service – some little ones fell asleep on the floor while the others sang with much passion.