Today started out like many of the others this week although we left for work a bit later than normal. We got to the project site without incident, but only worked for the morning because today was the day for the school dedication. We have most of the walls raised to window height for the whole school. Henry only fell down once, and proceeded to pull Philemon down as well. Then the rest of the boys had to tussle around a bit, much to the amusement of the bricklayers.
At about 3:00, the dedication of the school began. We had the pleasure of witnessing some of the girl students performing an traditional initiation/graduation dance. We were later invited to dance for them and were once again embarrassed by our mediocre dancing skills compared to the Zambian people, who seem to have a natural rhythm. We heard a number of the teachers and PTA members share their thoughts on the project. Jerry and Michelle presented the school with gifts on behalf of the team. The gifts comprised of a soccer ball and a laptop, which were generously donated by Jonathan Hummel and John Williamson.
After the farewell ceremony, we walked over to the project site and did the dedication of the school in Kyndra's name. Jerry, Michelle, Ryan and Mike gave readings from 1 Corinthians 13 and and 1 Corinthians 3:11. They then presented the memorial plaque to representatives of the school who will ensure it goes up once the school is finished. I think Philemon said it best the other day when he said to us, "it's not your trip, it's her trip, it's Kyndra's trip".
On the way home, we set a new record getting 17 people in our 12 passenger van. Tomorrow is our last day with the van, it won't be missed!
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