It is our last night in the town of Bagamoyo and our students are all despairing at the thought of leaving tomorrow. It has been an incredible five days here – although in many ways it feels as though we have been here weeks. Many students remark that they can’t believe we’re already leaving, but so much happens in one day, that we feel like we have been here much longer.
To catch you up…on Sunday, half of our group went snorkeling and the other half went to visit the town and experience church services in Africa. Both were remarkable experiences. After, we all met up at a restaurant for dinner and then ended the day with a fire on the beach with singers and drummers. Amazing.
On Monday, the group started off early by visiting the children of the Baobab Home at the school (on the same property where we have been staying) and helped them with some of their school work. After, we all went into town and visited a government-run HIV hospital and a museum. The afternoon was spent shopping in town and getting henna tatoos after lunch. They should still be visible when we return, so don’t worry if you spot your son or daughter with some additional markings on their bodies. (It comes off, I promise!)
We are now back at the shamba (farm) for the night and one of the former street boys has just finished telling us of how he survived on the streets, but eventually came under the care of Terri and the Baobab Home.
This has been so incredible so far. There is much more to tell, but our internet connection time is short and it is late. We will travel most of the day tomorrow by bus to Arusha and start on our projects and continue classes from there. The connection tonight does not allow me to upload pictures. Hope to post some soon.