Jack is a 16 year old student at the International School of Berne, Switzerland. He and our other student volunteer spent 1 week at our project at Maisha children's home. The video below was compiled by Jack as part of his school project.
Walking into the door at Maisha was overwhelming. I’d been in planes, cars, trains all day so I wasn’t really prepared for 22 kids squeezed into an average sized living room. To add to this this they were singing to welcome us, and I didn’t really know what to say or do. Eventually two of the caregivers brought out food, my first taste of African cuisine, and it was pretty good I have to say. Sleeping in unfamiliar place after arriving a couple hours earlier was pretty weird and it was kind of hard to sleep.
We went to the Elementary School the next day, and it gave some more perspective on how lucky I am. There were 80 kids in one class. That’s one teacher for 80 students. We did some corrections of some math, and I realized how bad I am at mental math. We then got to do P.E. which involved running and dancing in a circle, which again was fun and I ended up dancing (badly).
Friday involved the most dramatic part of the entire week. The goat and chicken killing. As much as it was kind of disgusting, I think it was an important experience. Seeing where our meat comes from is, I think, an important lesson since we eat it almost every day over here.
Saturday we prepared for the party which involved cutting the lamb, peeling potatoes which is something I’ve never done before, and other general chores. We also went to the local store (which is more like a kiosk) and brought a bunch of pop for everyone.
I think overall the entire trip was amazing, it showed me an entirely different kind of life. It showed me that you can be happy no matter what your situation. It also confirmed that I am indeed, very, very lazy.