Today was a weird day. My stomach has been bugging me all day (street food last night?) and my body is trying to recover. This morning the bus needed fixed so the morning education group didn't teach. Instead, we filled bottles with sand and helped out the construction crew. I carried many cement blocks and I'm sure my back/legs will feel it tomorrow. After lunch, and a random nap, our group left for Tamani to tutor the students. I helped my group work on telling time, help create a line graph via Excel, and had a great conversation about dating, family time, etc. with one of the students. It was great. Talking to any of them is a constant reminder of how blessed I am to be living this life I've been granted. Tonight, after dinner, we had a group bonding time where we played a game called Zuma, Zuma! and Never Have I ever. Some of these led to good conversation about relationships.
No pictures for this entry. A few things I want to explain/go over.
1. Not going to education. I mentioned is previously but the teachers don't always make it to class on time, or at all. It was very hard/frustrating to think about how we wouldn't be able to teach English that day. It isn't typical for me to be expected to do something and not follow through; I at least would have given a warning or notice. Those students missed their English class that day and while it wasn't the end of the world, it still felt awful to not be able to help.
2. Filling bottles with sand. I might have mentioned this before but it wouldn't hurt to reiterate. We made funnels from other bottles and filled up bottles with sand, trash, whatever we found around the beach. These bottles helped to create the foundation for some of the buildings we worked on like the water tank, for example. It wasn't the most pleasant task but one of my favorite parts of this was having some of the local children come over and help us out. My GIVE pals know about this. Children with ages ranging from less than one to twelve would come over and try to help us, or at least get our attention. It was incredible to think about these kids and their future. They might not know it now, but what they're witnessing is going to change their lives forever. So, as tedious as the job was, it was really awesome when you think it about it from that perspective.
3. I lied. Here's a sand filling picture I found. Thanks Stephanie for your amazing photo skills! :)