Day 5 - Monday 10th July

The write up of Day 5 - Monday 10th July comes from Mia and Grace.

Today's report was supposed to be written by Aidan but, as you will see below, the challenges of today meant that Grace and Mia very kindly offered to write the article.

Our morning started with nine out of fifteen people attending breakfast. Unfortunately, this number gradually deteriorated throughout the day. We left promptly (which is definitely a first!!) and headed out to the Vision School in Kisoro. The school was incredibly welcoming and we were greeted with every student (over 1000!) standing and watching us as we arrived. It was a little intimidating.

Our first thing planned on the itinerary was to have a brief talk with the headmaster and the principal. But, due to us being in Africa, this was definitely not brief! We gathered a vast amount of knowledge about the culture in Kisoro. We were shocked as to how different Kisoro is compared to England and Rwanda. For example, if you wished to marry an uneducated girl, the boy and father of the girl would negotiate a price as to how much the daughter is worth. The highest price negotiable would be £550- or you could give them a cow.

After our talk, we went on a tour of the school and visited the “Humphyry Davy” science lab that we as a school funded. And yes, that’s how they spelt it! The tour took approximately an hour and we really got an insight into how we made a difference to the school. You really don’t know how lucky you are until you’ve travelled and seen things for yourself.

After our tour, we got the minibus back to the guesthouse for lunch where we checked on those who had not made it to the school. That afternoon, we lost two more of our group to the bug and only six of us went back to the school. But unfortunately, Jess didn’t make it out of the minibus and stayed there for an hour whilst we finished the trip.

Our task for the afternoon was to observe the lessons. The four of us sat in a religious class with around 50 children. At first we were apprehensive as we didn’t know how welcoming and talkative the Ugandan children would be as the Rwandan school children had been really friendly. But, we need not worry as they practically fought over who could sit next to us.

The teaching style was as expected (the teacher would say something and the students would write it down). But nevertheless, the overall atmosphere was different to what we all thought.

We came back that evening to some more people feeling worse for wear but there were also miraculous recoveries of several of our friends. Out of everyone in the group, there were only three who didn’t get affected by the sickness!! We hope that everyone is well for Day 6 tomorrow!

By Grace and Mia.

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