On the 1st March, as part of the farewell to the kids, I took them on a final field trip to the Kumbali Cultural Village. It’s located within Lilongwe, about 2 km from the end of President’s Way.
Thank you to Barbara, a fellow VSO volunteer who has since returned home, for funding this whole activity!
We hired a rather nice and new minibus from a neighbour in Area 11. Considering how the government set fuel prices have gone up again recently, it was very reasonably priced and came with a driver. In all honesty, there were a few too many of us crammed into that bus… 25 plus me, Harold and Yohane!
On the way there, we handed out some small basketballs to the local kids, who live and play along the dirt track. I wanted to get the Breakfast Club kids started giving to others. To everyone’s delight, every time I or the driver (in the opposite side of the vehicle) handed out a ball, our kids shouted “za nonse!” because they were translating my message of “for everybody!”
Something I hadn’t expected was the sight of the kids (as well as Harold and Yohane) seeing horses for the very first time. There are some stables on the way to Kumabli, you see. When I explained that the we (the foreigners) enjoy riding and even racing horses for fun, they had a very bemused look on their faces :-)
When we got there, there were so many different activities to do, the kids all scattered to play!
- Playground with swings, slides and a trampoline!
- Beach/sand football pitch
- Netball court
- Bats, balls and water pistols
- Sand pits (actually designed for French boules, also known as Pétanque)
When the kids burned off their initial burst of energy, I got them together for a penalties competition, which was eventually won by Linda. Yes, all the boys were gutted!
At around 1 pm, everyone was well watered and fed with a bottle of pop and portion of very nice chips. Cheers Scott! (And sorry for stretching your trampoline!)
Football / Mpira!
Playground for the younger kids
Netball – rather competitive!
Linda, penalty queen
1 x Trampoline = Many smiles
Everyone still loves having their photo taken
Boys and carts
Lunch time… Think we drank all their Sobo and Fanta!
A very tired Danny catching a post lunch nap
Some sort of game I didn’t understand