The Lesotho kids are doing a Bible study from Luke 10:38-42 about Martha and Mary. Near the end of the video they are not only eager to answer the questions, they’re snapping their fingers to get attention! They sat there attentive for about an hour and a half.
Jumping rope entertained the kids for hours. The only problem is that I think they need a heavier jump rope!
What do you feed 50 hungry kids for lunch? Hot dogs of course! Teboho and I went shopping early Saturday morning for our feast which consisted of 150 hot dogs and buns, 10 loaves of bread, juice, chips, and ice cream and cones. There were smiles all around and the food was devoured!
Do you know how much mileage you can get out of balloons? You can fill them with water…fill them with air…toss them to one another…bat them in the air…or of course, pop them and giggle! The kids had days and days of fun with these!
The ladies from my Bible study groups sent reading glasses along with me for this trip to Lesotho. I knew there was a tremendous need because last year Pontso kept asking me if she could have a couple of my pairs. I brought the glasses downstairs when I went to breakfast. I shared them first with Pontso…then it seemed like the entire restaurant staff was going through them trying to find the correct strength and style of their liking. One of the new waitress asked me how much I wanted for them. When I told her they were a gift, she squealed with delight. They wiped me out of the bag of glasses…little do they know I have more in the room for other groups! This is so much fun!
Although it poured rain most of the day, I was able to follow 2 brothers through their day. They rise at 6AM and take turns bathing in the red bucket. Sometimes they eat a light breakfast. Other times they have to wait until they receive the school lunch.
We walked down muddy roads about 3/4 of a mile to the school. My jeans were caked with mud and soaked half way up to my knees. These kids are tough!
I was able to visit the boys’ classrooms.
Then the fun really started!
We made a special connection with the principal and to my surprise I knew many of the teachers from a visit 2 years ago. 319 of 678 children are orphans at this school. After walking in mud and seeing the children’s shoes, we headed to the store. We were able to help with 65 pairs of shoes. We would have done more but they ran out of sizes.
Then their award winning choir treated us to a 45 minute concert! (When I get home I’ll upload the video. Their voices were incredible! It was such a special day.
The team heads home on Friday. I have a couple of days off, then head back to Lesotho for the week.
It was a tearful farewell to some of the children on Wednesday. But before the good byes, there was lots of laughter, singing…and of course, games! The team has gotten the closest to these children. Our short visit was filled with singing, laughter, and games. The relay races were a huge hit with even the women participating.
Check out my Facebook page to see more pictures. The children are adorable.
We visited a pre-school yesterday. The children were precious. We were greeted with warm smiles, hugs, and a few confused faces.
They sang for us. We played games with them. Then received their new jackets.
Volunteers run the pre-school giving back to the community by caring for the ones who otherwise would have no where else to go.