Our long, early day had started around 6:45. We had awakened by the sound of Millie’s alarm. Everyone was a bit tired, except for Millie who apparently had an exceptional sleep. In the morning, Georgia had found a note from her family and most of us got quite emotional, except
for Millie our "cold-hearted" teammate. The good thing was that we hadn’t got jet lag and none of us would be grouchy for our hour long journey.
After we had breakfasted, at around 8am we all attended a prayer meeting, held by Hands at Work, that they do every week. We introduced ourselves to everyone and since it had been Mr. Leonard’s birthday recently, everyone crowded round and sang and showered him with birthday hugs. We then sang the African version of Hallelujah. It was beautiful but it was quite hot and dry in the morning, especially whilst we had been singing.We split off into 7 groups and were given anecdotes of vulnerable children living in the communities that Hands at Work care for and support. We then had the option of listening to a variety of stories and reading them out ourselves. Each member had the chance to say a prayer for the child and wish them all good things in life, ranging from their dreams to keeping their families safe and being able to protect them. It was quite a emotional task but we all accomplished that without the shed of a tear. After the 20 minutes group activity we went back into one big group and said a prayer together and with that we packed away.
We got our stuff together and met on the sunny front porch, our host, Jen Waspe, had briefed us about the village of Mafambisa. Telling us about how to act and what it would be like. We got our stuff and set off for the sunny Mafambisa. The minibus ride was long and hot but the view was picturesque and eye catching. Once we had arrived, the sun was beaming in our faces and the heat surrounding us. We had been welcomed by two of the care-workers. We had later been split off into groups. Georgia and Libby in one and Amelia and Millie in the other.
Libby's and Georgia’s story.
Libby and Georgia went on two holy home visits, the first was to see a lady who is a care worker but unfortunately wasn’t at the care point because of some difficulties she had encountered. She had three children and none of the were at home, her eldest was her 19yr old son, her other two children were at school so we didn’t get to meet them. Then we went to see another care worker but she is unfortunately quite poorly we also met her daughter as she had come home from school.
|Helping at the care point in Mafambisa|
Millie’s and Amelia’s story
|Millie and Georgia are in charge of washing up tonight|
Millie and I had gone to visit a lovely woman in the local area, we'll call her Susan. It was quite a trek and the heat had nearly defeated us. This lady had quite a story. She was a mother of four, all daughters with the ages of 12, 12, 8 and 3. We had met the 3yr old which was very bouncy and lovable. Whilst the other ladies were talking we were playing peek-a-boo with this little girl and her neighbours child, who was being cared for by Susan. Susan's husband was born in Swaziland and because he didn’t have any papers he couldn’t get a proper, full time job. He tried to make money through a little painting and decorating. This meant the family of six had no proper income and weren’t financially stable. This is why the children came to the care-point for a proper meal and care. Her 8 yr old daughter came back with us as we left and had joined us in all of the fun and the games. We sang, danced and played endless games and had endless fun.
Overall, we all had an amazing experience at our first care point jobs, home visits and feeding the children of the local area.
It had all finished after we had fed the children and we set off home, awaiting the arrival of a storm that was due to come! Relaxation was ahead for us all after our tiring day.
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