Then we cut the different ribbons. Ivan and I managed to see the 1st and 3rd ribbon cut, and then Linus ran up to tell me that I was cutting the staff room ribbon, did I know? I did not, but I was happy to do it, and made a speech about how important it was to have a staff room so that the teachers can do a good job of teaching. Then I cut the ribbon.
Esther and the LC5 chairman (local council 5 chairman – kind of like your state political representative) both planted trees near the staff room, then we headed back t the tented area to have more speeches, including Esther’s.
Then it was time for lunch – only 1 ½ hours late! I got to eat the food from the “privileged guests” area, but unlike most of them I got my food and left. Then I spotted some of the children who were from the slum village. They were sneaking through a hole in the fence in the hopes of getting some food. But all the food for the general guests was already gone. So I went back into the privileged area and got another plate of food for them to eat, then a second, then a third. It was so wonderful to be able to give them a little food – many of them would only be eating one small meal a day, at night.
We stayed at the centre until quite late, talking to the different guests, BCC staff and sponsored children. It’s wonderful to talk to the children, especially the ones at uni, and hear what a different BCC has made to their lives.
An ex-sponsored child (now an adult and graduated, with a good job) drove us back home as Anne needed to stay at Bushikori for a bit later. It was interesting driving in his car, as it was so low and the roads here are so bad! We almost got stuck on a speed bump!
Pretty much as soon as we got home we all tumbled into bed, all very worn out.