Today was our first day at the job. It was tough work too! When we arrived at Chasefu we got an amazing greeting from 30 or more young children who seemed to think we were the best thing since sliced bread! It’s amazing how language, age, & culture barriers can be crossed with a simple smile.
After the children welcomed us, we met the teachers at the school & participated in opening ceremonies. At the opening ceremony, we were often informed and reaffirmed how grateful these folks are for all the support they have received from us Canadians. We heard the Zambians sing their national anthem twice & we sang the Canadian national anthem once. We did our best.... we were invited to dance with some of the students (please ask to see the video, you might chuckle). We were given the very kind gift of a live goat. Taylor & Bill will be preparing this creature for our dining pleasure tomorrow.
So, we did actually start our work today. Our job is going to be plastering the walls in 2-4 classrooms at the school. We will be working alongside a local construction crew. If anyone wants to know, it takes 2 bags of cement, 8 wheelbarrows of sand, water, shovels & good old fashioned muscle strength to make the plaster.
We didn’t get much accomplished today as far as work, but we did make lots of new friends & tomorrow is another day. It’s a great experience so far!
Thanks for your prayers, The Hope 7 Team
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