Wake up and breakfast was at 7am this morning. Everyone was a little tired from the past few days but we were able to push through and start off our morning with a smile. We rode the bus into town where our police escort met us once again. We then took off in our big monster truck and rode across the rivers to the village.
Once we arrived in the village with the warm welcoming smiles of all the children we got straight to work. The three groups started our rotations of construction, weaving and schooling. The construction was to start from where we left off yesterday on the community hall/tribal meeting place, where we knocked down walls and ripped up 300mm of solid cement.
The schooling involved reading to the kids, playing enjoyable games outside and teaching them to dance. In the weaving class we attempted the art of making pencil cases which while complex on its own, was made extremely hard with the major language barrier. Lunch was again another amazing meal of chicken on a stick and rice, although we have become tired of it, it went down nicely.
After our meal we began the race of packing food bundles, containing rice, noodles and sardines, for the community to which we will be distributing tomorrow. Farming the sugar cane became our next mission. We left with our gear, a machete like knife called a bolo, our washing and backpacks towards the fields. Many of us exited the sugar cane fields with a few cuts and splinters.
Whilst this was happening some of us were pulled out to give ploughing the rice fields with carabaos a go.
We then relaxed by washing our clothes in the river with the help of some of the local children, a well overdue job for some. Once all our clothes had been washed we enjoyed a swim with the children, it was rather warm.
After finishing in the village we drove into town and got ready for some more chicken on a stick and rice YAY! This was followed by a fun night activity of a ride on a Philippino Pedi cab (cycling trike), with many stories to tell. After experiencing the Pedi cab ride, we jumped on trikes to Jolliebee for dessert. Next we travelled back to the resort for debrief and a well-deserved sleep.
We also wish that the other schools are enjoying their time at their locations as much as we are, as we near the half way mark and times are getting tougher. Ellenbrook and Swan.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who have left encouraging and comforting comments on previous posts, we are reading them each night and send our love back.
Nina & Callum.