Breakfast Club for the whole of November has been sponsored by an old (emphasis on the old) friend of mine, Nadeem. He may only be a humble taxi driver but is quite generous really*.
Things were getting a bit too disorganised recently. With kids coming late, which meant we would run out of plates, cups and food. So we’ve implemented a registration process every Saturday at 8 AM. We’ve also been overspending for a number of reasons. More kids, buying too much food, cost of living increase / inflation (officially a whopping 23% on an annual basis. Source: Reserve Bank of Malawi) and extra activities.
Speaking of extra-curricular activities, at the beginning of November, we took the kids on a virtual shopping trip at the Golden Peacock Supermarket. The kids were split into 4 teams, with the eldest ones as captains. Another Chinese VSO volunteer called Coffee came to help, which was most needed! We gave each team a list of 12 items. They were tasked with finding the items and recording their price. Then adding up to the total. It was a competitive exercise. So no copying was allowed and some items were intentionally more difficult than others. For example, a “Terrestrial Globe (Large)”, which not even my neighbour’s night-guard Harold knew.
The kids aren’t too slow of course. They tried asking Harold and then me and Coffee about the items they didn’t understand. Harold somewhat softly gave in and told them about the globe (after I told him!). I didn’t tell them what or where it was but did suggest they ask a member of staff. A concept which was completely strange to them. Understandable of course since it was their very first time inside a supermarket like this. A couple of teams found the courage to do this. Much to the surprise of the staff. They found the items in the end. Hopefully, that’s another small life lesson for them.
As an extra treat, I arranged with the owner of the independent fresh vegetables and cooked food counter within the supermarket, to buy 25 “baozi” (Chinese steamed buns) for our lunch. After seeing the kids being so enthusiastic, she gave us the buns for free! Xie xie!!
On top of the sponsorship for food and activities, Nadeem, Maxine and Rob all donated the extra funding. Some of the extra funds have been put towards funding 5 kids to attend the International Youth Fellowship – Youth Camp. Hopefully, Francisco, Prisca, Junior, Ireen and Save will learn some important life skills, make new friends and have fun!
Thank you Nadeem/”Nadine”!
*Okay, he’s not really a taxi driver but in fact my ex-boss!