Today we set off to do field work with the mother of Simeon, Waverley’s sponsored pupil. We discovered that we faced a grim hour and fifteen minute walk to the field. However our mood was lightened when we successfully forced Japhet, the Head Teacher of Mihabura, to come with us. Unfortunately though he is quite the skiver as the amount of time he worked totalled up to a paltry five minutes, although he did take lots of pictures.
The walk to the fields was beautiful. We trekked upriver beside the Rusizi and the view of the mountains was breathtaking. The field was unlike any field I’d ever seen. It was placed on a very steep hill with many massive, strange alien egg vegetables which made it very difficult. It was so difficult that I broke my hoe.
On the walk back a boy called Eric, who had helped us in the fields, decided he had had enough of simply walking back so he stripped off his t-shirt and jumped in the river. We watched him float gracefully down the raging torrent of the Rusizi and met him again at the end. We were dying to follow suit but Mrs Hunter pulled rank.
After that we went to visit Simeon at his school. He was such a nice, confident guy and he remembered the names of all the people who visited last year. He was so grateful for his sponsorship and was shocked that all the gifts we had were for him. We then met Drocelle, a girl who is sponsored by Catriona Young. She emotionally expressed her thanks to Catriona for her help and promised that she will study hard.
Tomorrow we are getting a long lie with breakfast at 8am, so we are going to particularly enjoy this evening. We are helping at the malnourished baby clinic in the afternoon, so it will be another emotional day.
Love Callum, Jack, Meave and Shannon
(And Mrs Hunter and Ms Rigby)