Coffee Ceremony & Grinding coffee
Church on Sunday
Reading with the house kids
Today we had a great opportunity to unload all the books that Zondra ordered for the library as well as the books we found and brought for the library. The library is being organized and soon to be opened by Zondra, the US teacher here at PM. In addition to seeing all the work she has done in the library, we also had the chance to work on reading with the house children. They study English is school starting in the 5th grade. Many can read but most have difficulty reading out loud which can be a problem when looking at university after graduation. Many of the PM children showed up and all of us that weren’t doing something else had the kids read to us or we read to them. I worked with an 8th grade student that was very sharp. The biggest challenges he had were double the s for plurals, like roadses and similar challenges with past tense using -ed. The other challenge (since most are American books) is understanding common words that we use that are foreign to the students like backyard. When I asked several kids who President Obama was, they responded, “King Obama.” If the children were able to get through 3 chapters, Zondra let them take the books home to finish–we got to chapter 7. After school gets out, they will be able to check books out. School starts on Monday after a week-long break between semester tests.
Several of our team sewed on Sunday as there were a lot of projects to complete–curtains, surgical drapes that needed to be created using Mayo stand covers that we brought, hackie sacks for Devin to teach the kids, children’s clothes mending and more. One machine in particular is very loud and can be heard from quite a distance. When it is running, conversation is difficult due to the noise. This particular machine was being used by Rosie and the reason for the frustrated picture of her pulling her hair out was that the peddle used to adjust the speed would occasionally get stuck. It was quite a sight to see everyone scrambling trying to pull the plug and unjamb the foot peddle. There was also a bit of ripping required after that happened.