Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
The morning started off with us packing our backpacks and heading out onto the road again! Little did I know that today would be one of my favorite days out of the trip and my most memorable. This village was not as high up in the mountains as the last one but the village was still fairly secluded from the city and modern architecture and technology.
Some pictures from a local store on a pit stop that we made on our way.
The village was about 1-2 hours away from the city. This village was much bigger then the last. One thing that made this village very special and unique was the children. There was so many children happily running around and playing on the rocks and open land. The children were the life and soul of this village. They were very open and playful with us which made me think that they had gotten accustomed to having volunteers visiting every couple of months. I didn’t want to post pictures exposing the children’s faces for respect and privacy reasons but every one of them were so optimistic and energetic and of course adorable!
On our agenda, we planned on re-painting the inside of a classroom for the children. Our group was mainly involved with scrapping the old paint off of the walls which took awhile but with teamwork it was done rather quickly!
Finally, my most awaited part of the day, LUNCH! From all of the tagines that I’ve consumed, this chicken tagines was absolutely the best. It might be because I was starving but no, it really was the food and the mother who cooked it for us was a gift sent from the heavens. We literally ate every single piece of food from our dishes! ❤ ❤ ❤
We had a small, quick dental hygiene teaching after lunch for all the children. We did fluoride treatments and passed out toothbrushes and toothpaste.
After, we had the whole afternoon and evening to ourselves and without any technology and electricity, I had to summon up all of my childhood creativity and imagination to make use of my time with the children. It was mainly the young girls who were most attracted to me and it was adorable how they would cling and follow me wherever I walked waiting for me to entertain them in some way.
Some kiddos were so playful and living their day exploring and laughing. There was one girl that stood out to me because when all of the other children were playing and running into mischief, this 6- year old girl was holding her baby 2-year old sibling whilst watching over her 4-year old sibling play. This 6-year old girl was as mature as she can be, taking on the role of the older sister and watching over her sisters when other children her age and older were off running around. It was a fact, simple as it can be that the children knew the act of responsibility and the roles that were laid upon them.
I spent the whole evening playing with these kiddos and somewhere along the line, they started a tickle contest with the volunteers. Personally, being tickled is one of my fears and pet peeves, but the smiles and laughter that it brought onto the children were priceless and I couldn’t help but let them attack and conquer.
Bittersweet feeling when the sun finally set down and the village got ready for dinner and bed. This day was physically and mentally draining but it was SO worth it.
Eating dinner with the open star-filled sky : wonderful