Published: June 2nd 2007June 2nd 2007
New Hope Utd
The boys celebrating their victory
Hi everyone. Sorry it's been so long between updates! I planned to do it last weekend and then found I had 20 emails and spent 2 hours sorting them out so gave up on the blog! But here is the next exciting installment of my trip.
Being rainy season, nothing overly-exciting has really been happening. Any volunteer trips that we've had planned for the weekends have been cancelled due to bad weather and New Hope are all cooped up inside as the field is flooded! However, there a couple of events I would like to tell you about...
A couple of weeks ago I went to visit another project in Magongo (a suburb of Mombasa) that is essentially a sports project where the volunteers teach football and basketball to kids of all ages at a local school. On this particular day however, they had arranged for two groups of street boys to come together and have a huge football match and then take them out for lunch afterwards! It was so cool but really surreal as I see some of those boys sleeping on the streets in Mombasa and here they were, kitted out in some donated football kits, playing
The street boys prepare to kick off
a proper football match! I managed to get on one of the younger teams for the second game and we won 2 - 0! They were so grateful and when they realised they got lunch as well they couldn't believe it!
Last weekend most of the volunteers in the house (10 of us altogether) rented out to safari trucks and went to Shimba Hills. Shimba is basically a big rainforest with an elephant sanctuary incorporated but there was plenty of wildlife and the scenery was just beautiful - so lush and green! We all spent the night at Diani Beach and went out to Ali Barbour's Cave for dinner again which is an experience in itself! The weather was grey and overcast though so we headed home after lunch the following day.
Yesterday 12 of the New Hope lads had a day out. Myself, Teresa, Maria and Laura took them all to Makande to join in a 5-a-side football tournament organised through another project. As the boys live and learn at New Hope they very rarely get to leave an area of about 100m square, so going anywhere in the first place is a treat but to play an organised
My first sighting of wild elephants
football tournament was just fantastic for them! We had 3 teams in (2 lots of 5 and then the other 2 boys joined up with 3 of the leaders) and they all played so well and the extra team actually won the tournament so they got to take home the inflatable cup which they were so
chuffed about! We took them out for lunch at a cafe and they all had chips and pizzas and burgers and had the times of their lives. It was so nice for them to get out and do something as the school never has enough money to do anything with them. There has been talk of making the football a regular occurrence which would be fantastic for the boys - and I've been nominated coach while I'm here!
So after 6 weeks of being in Mombasa, I feel settled and at home, I've got a bunch of awesome people that I live with and the weather is finally
starting to pick up! We're all off to the beach now as it's the first hot and dry day in about 4 weeks! Time to crack out the cooking oil - I mean sun screen!
There are more photos below