More On The Holiday Program, And A Visit To A Game Reserve - Maud's Journey pt. 5

Another week went by, with the children at the holiday program. This week we had four days where there were a LOT of children. There was no electricity at the school at the beginning of the week, so we had to dance without music. The children really like music and dancing. Finally at the end of the week, the electricity was back up. It was much nicer to dance with music – it’s easier and puts us all in a good mood. The people here are so flexible with their hips - it’s great to watch and I’m jealous!

In the art group we made some items with toilet rolls and egg cartons. In our volunteer house, we save the recyclable materials so the children can make things with them.

n the township, a lot of animals roam around loose - cows, dogs, goats etc. It was entertaining, but also annoying when they decided to arrive at the holiday program! The goats were roaming on the field at the school, and we were shocked when we saw them hanging around the children’s bread, sniffing it. We had to shoo them away.

Afterwards it was time for lunch. After the children got their share, the local volunteers from the township got some as well. They are always hungry! One day a local volunteer told me that the lemonade tasted more like water than lemonade. I told him that it was better than nothing, and thought to myself, be grateful for what you have. The people in the township are mostly poor, but are also mostly cheerful and happy – children and adults alike. The children there don’t have many clothes, they often wore the same clothes for days, and those clothes were a bit dirty and had holes.

When we were at home in the afternoons, we cleaned all the school’s drinking cups. We made towers of the cups, so they dried faster. After that we had to sit down, because supervising so many energetic children makes you tired. But it’s a great feeling to know that all the children were happy and had a good start to the day.

At the weekends, we volunteers do a lot of activities. We went to Kragga Kamma Game Reserve this last weekend, and did the guided game drive, where you get to go on a 4x4 vehicle and sit up high in the open air. The guide knows the route well and tells you all about the animals. We saw giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, gnus (wildebeest), antelope and more. The reserve also has two tame cheetahs, and you could pay to pet them. They are so soft and beautiful – just like big cats! There are lots of game reserves in South Africa. I have now been to reserves in Kragga Kamma, Addo, and Valley of Desolation near Graaff-Reinet.

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