Every now and then, when life offers some satisfaction it’s great to appreciate it and be happy and thankful
Sunday last we celebrated the end term of the orphan Centre “Arc en Ciel” (rainbow) After the sportive games, football matches and cross country racesin the afternoon the kids presented to their relatives with drama performances, dances and gags and arts and crafts project they made during the school year. These are important activities they learn such as make fishnets, wickers, baskets, drawing, clay figurines, bracelets and straw hats…
Interesting fact: gags were representing 3 court cases: a drunken husband, a dad who doesn’t send his kids to school and a widow driven away from his husband’s family.
Through laughs and jokes we had a great occasion to learn values and how to react against oppressions. Little satisfaction!
the orphan Centre “Arc en Ciel” hosts almost 200 children who lost their parents, that live with relatives as usually happens in the enlarged African family.
Often granparents have few energies and even less the uncles as they have already their kids. Therefore the Centre comes in help with daycare. In the morning children go to different schools (and a tutor passes by to check on them) then at 12 they go to the Centre for lunch, prepared by two alternating mom teams.
In the afternoon there are learning activities, sports and art and crafts projects to introducing them to professions. In the meantime, those with medical needs are in care at the nun’s cabinet and at 5 pm everyone goes back to their homes.
On Monday I visited with Hyppolite, 16 years old kid, paralyzed from waist down. Some friends from Prague (from SIRIRI association) are here on a trip: Ludmila and Kweta e Martin, that are making a documentary on Czech humanitarian activity in CAR. We brought Hyppolite a new wheelchair. This will help him being way more independent, he was very happy, he immediately gave it a try and he was soon managing really well. We’re also preparing papers to get him to Italy for further examinations and medical care.
Public schools, finally reopened the 3rd of june. Attendance number keeps growing. 140 alumni the first week, 1699 the second, 2499 the third. (always one to make it a whole…next time I’ll go to make it an even number!) Little satisfaction…
On Thursday I went to our secondary school teacher’s meeting and today, 22nd of June we handed out report cards. A prize to each first of the classes and a working stage to the older one during summer break and bye until September!
In the afternoon I went with friends from Parague to Risicolo Centre. It’s sowing time. It make me happy to see their improvement. Since 3 years we’re training them on new tecniques coming from Madagascar. This innovation allowed rice production from 2 to 11 tons per hectare. (Italian average is 5.6)
Nestor a young man that grows rice since few years with this tecnique showed me his crops all satisfied, giving out on those that still use the old way, with same amount of work and mediocre results….. Little satisfaction…
As per the rebel situation…few updates. Thursday morning as I was in St.Augustin, our secondary school, two armed men arrived on a motorbike.
I came out, it was the rebel chief and another minion! I said hello and kindly (well, almost) asked them to get out. No weapons in the school….
They muttered and went out of our yard then said “it has been a while since we saw you, just wanted to say hi!”
I was touched (?!?!?!?!) thanked them and then he asked me for a note pad. I say I’ll look into that and bring it to him (I wonder what needs he has for it, as cigarette skin it’s too thick!)
Friday morning went into town and saw 2 rebels on a bike, call them and gave them the notepad for their boss, and to make sure I wrote my cell number so he would call back once he got it…because I don’t trust them for a second. One of them said “how come? Don’t you trust us? and he added the other man on the bike is the secretary (?!?!?!!?) so I asked if he could write…..he replied affirmatively….
"Will it be true or won't?"…..Off we go!