Monday, June 10:
This morning at school we had no electricity again. I talked with Colm about the school and showed him my office and he asked me if he would just be throw into a classroom, and I said that he wouldn't be. So 5 minutes later, as I am walking with him to find Sister Theresa and explaining things to him, we meet Sister Theresa and she said “You're not a teacher by any chance, are you?” and got thrown into the grade 4 classroom, since their teacher was absent. He is a teacher, at least, but I felt bad telling him one thing, and then two seconds later...
Because there was no electricity, I had to go to our little kitchen trailer for hot water. The lady inside was very nice, and was cooking oatmeal for the students for breakfast in the biggest pot I have ever seen.
Today I interviewed many children so we can see what the children need, and their background situations. And also to have proper case studies and files for them. One of the boys said that he liked coming to school and learning because he wanted to buy his family a bigger house. That was heart-breaking to hear.
I also found out that one of the children here had the opportunity to walk onto the field at a World Cup soccer match with a player. He will definitely remember that for the rest of his life, and he was all smiles when he spoke about it. He said it was very loud.
At the end of the day I watched the grade 1 and grade 2's outside while they were waiting for their siblings to get out of school.
The Priests and “Brothers to be” (and Colm who is staying with them) all had no power tonight, and we tried to get them to come over to at least have a hot drink, because it was absolutely freezing tonight. But it did not work out. All of us girls (there are now 6 of us) ate dinner together and watched Miss Congeniality under lots of blankets.