Friday, August 12, 2011

Hello everyone, this is Deirdre and Toni. Yesterday was a really fun day and felt relaxing compared to previous days here. We went to the secondary school to talk the students about nutrition, have a yoga class, do our pad project with the girls, and watch a movie. By the end of the day we spent a lot of quality time with the students.

The first thing we started with was our nutrition lesson. We went over the food pyramid and did an activity with a color wheel. The kids got very involved and seemed to have a great time. We hope it's something that stays with them and really does help their nutrition.

The second thing we did was the pad project. We sent all the boys out of the room for this! Denise did a wonderful job of talking to the girls about getting their periods and made everyone feel comfortable. Denise gave the teacher a book called the Elephant Heart and the teacher read it to the class and we could all tell she was so touched by it. We separated into groups and taught the girls how to make the reusable pads. We really bonded with the girls through this time and just had a lot of fun.

Andrea lead a yoga class which I think the students found really funny but enjoyed it. We then tried to put a movie on but our speakers were missing. As everyone was trying to get the movie to work, we all agreed that we've never seen such patient students. They sat quietly and hopefully waiting for the movie. We were going to show Invictus but I think we're going to try again later today.

Today we're going to the primary school for the Olympic day! I think this will be so much fun for the kids. Then we're going back to the high school for a dance!! We really cannot dance at all and have been dying to have someone teach us their dances so hopefully tonight will be the night!

This has been such an indescribable experience for us. We knew what it would be like here from hearing from other team members, but I don't think we ever could've been prepared for everything. We love the kids so much and I don't think we can even imagine leaving. It's really an amazing place and the people are just unlike any other. 


  1. I am soooooooo proud of you girls! This is such an amazing thing you girls are doing and you will never forget this experience! I can not wait to hear about all your amazing journey!!! I love you both <3

    Love your big sista,

  2. Wow, simply amazing. We are all so proud of you Ton!

    Love you, be safe..


  3. Toni,
    Can't wait until you come home!

  4. Toni

    I am so proud of you it looks like you are having a lot of fun miss you very much. Uncle Joe

  5. Toni
    I miss you very much. Hope you are having fun in Africa. love you very much.
    From your favorist person,
    P.S. We are warming your car for you

  6. every day I am more and more proud of what you are doing!! Just amazing, and this will be something you will talk about for the rest of your life. Thanks to people like you that put out to help others that are in such need!!iloveuauntfran

  7. dearest toni, this is a life changing experience for you. i cant even imagine what you have seen. you will come home a better human being and appreciate our world. you have given these children a gift but better yet they have given you a gift. take it all in. cant wait to hear about every child you have met. love aunt roro

  8. Toni,
    I'm so proud of you!
    can't wait for you to come home!
    Miss you very much- be safe honey.
    Love You xxx000
    your Dad always,
    BFF Alfred

  9. Toni,
    Can't wait to you come home!