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Thursday 27th July 2006
~ Text from Julian Teece:-
- Visited our new school and village. Met with the elders
and children. They sung us a special song and the women
danced for us.
Some students cried with
emotion... a special day.
28th July 2006 ~ Email from Julian
- Day one of the project. We all got up early and the
school team set off with Mr W and Mrs McC and started
on priming the inside walls. Mrs McC and Georgina spent
the day removing the excess putty from all the windows,
whilst the rest of the teams brushed down the concrete
walls and started priming. During the day lots of local
children appeared and during breaks students were able
to play together.
Mr Teece's construction team spent the
day at the farm, building prototype school furniture -
a bench and a table using the wood bought yesterday from
Livingstone. Progress was not helped by a power cut in
the area which resulted in a lot of timber being cut by
hand! This gave the bench in particular a "rustic"
finish. Power was returned, but is not guaranteed. The
furniture will be tested tomorrow and then full scale
production of 35 benches and 35 tables will begin!
We will have an interesting weekend.
As well as working, we are playing two football matches
with the locals. We have arranged for the teams to be
mixed between us and the locals with rolling subs. The
pitch will have to be cleared of elephant dung first!
Everyone is working very hard.
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Phone call with David and Bridget Brennan
20.00 (GMT) - Spoke
to Louise tonight. She is fine, although she got very
tired today because they were painting the school house.
She said it is very hard work. She had just eaten a big
chocolate bar to replenish her energy levels, sitting
at the campfire. She says the farm where they are staying
is great. She is loving it, but missing everyone. She
very much appreciated the email messages that she managed
to read from everyone, although she is disappointed that
she isn't up to speed with all the latest gossip going
on back here!
Telephone call to Dale Darbyshire at Liyoyelo Farm
We spoke to Dale at Liyoyelo farm, he
said he is having a fantastic time the children from the
village greeted them with a song it was very emotional.
Dale has enjoyed the whole trip so far and said it is
truly an amazing experience. Dale has been taking so many
pictures and has finished the 12 rolls he initially took
Having the time of his life.
Lorraine, Peter, & Rea Darbyshire
29th July 2006 ~ Email from Julian
Another productive day.
After a freezing cold night we started
work at 9am. The paint team completed a second interior
coat of paint of all four rooms and the furniture team
completed 2 tables and 5 benches. We returned at 2pm to
prepare for our first footy match of the weekend. Here
follows a Match Report by Emily Taylor:
In the midst of decorating the school,
an afternoon that inspired much excitement arrived today...
the big match Bushmad (the local African team sponsored
by Africa Nomad travel) vs. Coopers! Of course, having
never played in African conditions, it was always going
to be tough and 2 minutes in, Whommers announced "Is
anyone else hot?!" Then, shortly after a 20m sprint,
he substituted himself off. However, despite many spectacular
tumbles, Alan (Africa Nomad travel) impressed everyone
with his football skills and was easily the most determined
player on the pitch today. In the 45 minutes of the first
half and the following 20 minutes, the heat was intense;
Fraser Buck got involved by running on with water for
Skillett, and Dale, Mike and Dan Crudgington all came
off with painful blisters, though still without letting
them affect play!
And as for the Africans, they were daunting
with their crowd of about 50 supporters and their ease
at running around on the thorny floor without shoes. With
their serious attitude to the game, play quickly became
very dirty with fouls on both sides (Teece...) including
Dave S getting head butted. Though as Whommers pointed
out, it was very sporting of Teece to play on his back.
Despite our lack of goals and the ultimate score of 3-nil,
our team certainly weren't completely lost, and indeed
goal saves to mention are Mark Hopkins and Dave Farrant.
Dave and Danny were also seen to be storming round the
pitch constantly in an effort to gain the ball. When James
Edgar took a turn at steaming down the pitch, it resulted
in a spectacular miss in his one on one with the African
goalie. And the team got very serious despite their claims
of "it's just a game", for Whommers was heard
to cry "Tits get to the ball!!" - James just
wasn't moving fast enough apparently.
With so many of the Coopers lot eager
to play, there were many subs, which included Emma Honey
appearing on the pitch, and while she shied away from
the first ball, her determination didn't falter, and she
even got a compliment from an African player on her skill.
Another substitute was Andy Johnson and Liz W. For the
first half Andy got very involved in the game, screaming
at his team mates and wrapping himself around the ball
in his goalie position. When Liz took his place for the
second half, the opposition laughed and remarked "I
can't believe you put a lady in goal," but two incredible
saves and fantastic victory dances later, and Liz had
certainly put her cries of "Help!" behind her.
Even though we didn't get to walk away
victors, we had to be given credit for team spirit and
enthusiasm, they even thought we were a proper football
team! The general atmosphere appears to be great satisfaction
at the outcome and tomorrow's match can only get better...
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