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August 21st 2015
Published: August 21st 2015
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Today was our last day in the school. A special assembly had been organised for first thing in the morning in order for us to present all the things we are giving to the children. We had to be up at the crack of dawn in order to shower and take everything to the school on time. There was only one problem… the water workers had decided to go on strike leaving us with no water this morning. So, after a few “baby-wipe showers”, we had to be on our way.

The assembly was amazing and very moving, especially hearing from the poor little children who were “volunteered” to speak in front of the whole school and to us. We had so much to give from so many people and the teachers were very touched by it all.

After the assembly, we had lots of photos with the teachers and said our goodbyes :-( and then we put the finishing touches to our projects.

The shelter was varnished and the roof added. The last of the painting was completed, Rob did some final odd-jobs around the school and Suzy put up the wonderful bunting she has been making all week. And yes, before you ask, I did manage to squeeze in one last visit to Cash Build!

We booked in a local welder to help fix some of the swings in the playground we have been renovating. They arrived around midday and fixed the see-saw which had broken in two and attached the seats we had made for the broken swings. It took the welder and his mate about 3 hours but the cost was only R300, about £15 – labour is so much cheaper out here; £15 wouldn’t buy one skilled tradesman for 5 minutes in the UK!

As a thank you, the school laid-on an enormous lunch for us all so we had our fill of delicious meat, rice, vegetables and pap.

In the evening, we sat back and enjoyed our handy-work with the borders and watched the sunset from the newly renovated playground.

We are going to take it a bit easier tomorrow and plan on visiting the nearest “developed” towns of Mable Hall and Groblersdal to get a few final things for the borders. We will also need to start taking our malaria pills for our forthcoming trip to the Kruger National Park.

Good Night,

Tim


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22nd August 2015

School looks fab!
All your hard work at the school looks absolutely fabulous! The shelter, bunting, playground, benches etc look absolutely wonderful! Shame there are not more pictures and reports of your classroom work, Frances, but I sure that's also been amazing! You all deserve your holiday in Kruger. God bless xxx

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