A day of celebration


Today was school closing ceremony in the orphanage. I had to sign some “report cards” for children that passed into primary school. In front of their family members they preformed some tasks such as naming parts of the body to show off their skills. It was a very short and enjoyable. The parents each shook my hands before leaving the orphanage. Before lunch a friend gave me a bike (after the first hill I realized it had no breaks) and together we drove further out into the village to visit disabled children. The first girl had a lung problem and was coughing awfully. Together we sat down on the floor (no chairs in this part of the world) and talked with mother of the child. Ok I mostly just watched because I still cannot understand enough Chichewa. However I do get 1 hour lessons every dasy!! Some time later we took the bikes to another brick house surrounded by a sandy red road and humungous banana trees. There was a mom with four children, one of which has been disabled the entire 12 years of his life. Ever since he was born, the boy could not speak nor move his legs and arms. In Malawi this is worse than death. You cannot get a wheelchair or physical support because it is simply unaffordable. The mom is also very busy with her other children (they were preparing food over the fire when we arrived). Therefore the boy has been lying inside the house ever since he took his first breath.  I did some arm and leg movements with him but regrettably there was nothing more I could do.

Driving back to the orphanage Victor, another great person that works with the kids at the children home, had picked me some Papaya. While eating we heard drums and singing. People were coming down the street pre-celebrating a wedding. They stopped across the orphanage and started dancing. I had to join them in their dance celebration and all the kids came running to watch. It was great! The people were happy and excited to have an Mzungu (white person) in their crowd.

The day at the orphanage ended with some singing and showing the older kids how to play “Pantomime”. It wasn’t easy to find words they could mimic, as they were not familiar with things like ships, snow or ice cream. But simple words made the game even more entertaining and everyone loved it.


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