|Making Our Way To The Well In Ngobolo|
The people of Ngobolo were, however, incredibly gracious hosts. They greet us song and dance. For many in the community, particularly the children, they had never seen a white person. After a little early apprehension, the kids all wanted to have their pictures taken and started to point out how pasty white we are, which provide a lot of laughter.
In the afternoon, we drove to another community to visit a primary school. The school had been slated for closure due to a lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Because of Watercan's intervention, the school is thriving. It has a student population of just under 900. I think every single kid, parent, teacher, administrator and public official in the area came to greet us. We were welcomed by song and dance. Ben Mulroney and about 10 of the kids did a Skype chat with students from Kanata, Ontario. It was wonderful to see the kids finding what they had in common (primarily a disdain for homework and chores) and also how different their lives are. Afterwards Team Watercan members Kevin and Rynette presented the Principal with several soccer balls as gifts from Canada. Then another climber, Devin Publicover pulled his guitar and performed a song for the kids that he wrote the day before. They lyrics consisted of some funny Swahili idioms. Devin was a total rock star and had the kids in stitches. Afterwards he donated his guitar to the school. Then it was time to meet the kids close up. They wanted to dance, sing and high five with us. It was incredibly incredibly joyous and moving occasion.
|High Fives At The School|
In the evening, there was a special dinner held in our honour at Kabaya's community centre, where we treated to more Massai song and dance and presentation of gifts. I got a personalized hand beaded bracelet! It totally rocks! WaterCan's ED, George Yap and Program Director, Kyla Smith were made honorary Massai and presented with traditional dress, which they wore for the evening. We headed back to our lodgings at midnight and were able to grab 4 hours of sleep before jumping in the Land Cruisers and making the long journey back to Arashu.
Once we arrived, we checked into a our hotel for a little R&R and pampering. Most us spent time by the pool trying to get some rest. Then it was time for a briefing by our guides about tomorrow's Kili climb. After a quick dinner, it was time to prepare our packs. Everyone got to bed early tonight. Everyone, but me that is. Lol.
We've managed to overcome our phone casting challenges. You can catch my audio updates with the team at www.watercan.com/kilimanjaro.
Next posts and phone casts will be coming from the mountain folks!