Felicia Black
Felicia Black
South Africa 2011- 2012
I am a recent Belmont graduate (Class of 2011) and I am going back to South Africa. I first went to South Africa in the fall of my junior year at Belmont and I had so much fun I decided to apply for the Lumos award and have been lucky enough to go again! Check out my previous blog at http://coming2sa.blogspot.com/ I will also be updating that blog as I return to South Africa so check ‘em out! Read More About Felicia →

Flooding at the School

Thursday November 3rd

Well today was…different. Yeah, different. We’ll go with that. The day started out fairly normal. We noticed that the sewage which we saw spewing up yesterday was still going didn’t think that much of it. I took out a group of students and worked on perimeter. It was pretty easy and they were really good. I literally sat back and watched them do it helping when needed. It was lovely to feel completely in control of the class J Then it was that classes turn for sports so I helped with sports as well. They did netball which was pretty fun. Then it was break time. Nothing special there. It was picture day but I forgot my camera so I just stayed in the classroom and read. The break bell went off as usual but then another bell rang and we heard screams from outside. I looked outside and saw kids running around and then kids with backpacks walking out the school. They shut school early because of the sewage. Health hazard. It was utter chaos. I hoped against hope that we would get to go home early but no such luck. Instead I went to nursery where I thought I would be taking a small group of children out and doing a small lesson….no such luck again. The carer (what we call the ladies who are in charge) pretty much gave me a group of 40 children and told me to read to them. You can imagine how that went…not well. There was screaming, kicking, and general bad behavouir. It was pretty bad and the carers weren’t really helping either. I was thankful when it was finally lunchtime and got to help feed the children. I then went on my own lunch at ACJ before returning to nusery after naptime. I love the kids after they nap. They’re all drowsy and super lazy. It’s so cute. I helped them put on their shoes and one of them Tandalethu was laying his head on my lap. He was attached to me. He wouldn’t let me go even when it was time to put the chairs up. He screamed when I tried to move until I pulled him aside and we sat in the corner. So cute! Anyways the rest of the day was good because once they were awake we just got to play with them which is what we usually do with them anyway.

Friday November 4th

Today was an interesting day. I went to school but didn’t do anything there. Joel, Emma and I all ended up going to Ikhayalethemba which was so fun. I worked with Class A which includes Asasa who I love. She’s awesome although she is trouble. We first read to them or rather they looked through the books and we tried to read to them. Then we did a creative thing which involves glue and stickers so of course there was a huge mess. Then it was snack time and we helped the children eat then it was our break time. I enjoyed some food and then we got ready for Fun Friday. Beth brought the kids in and we watched Shrek the Third. Well half of them did the other half caused trouble so we eventually ended up taking some of them out to play and the others were left in peace to watch the movie. We also gave them popcorn, watermelon and chocolate covered bananas with sprinkles. It was so good. Then it was playtime for a while before they had lunch. I had to help Asasa in the bathroom and then I picked up one of the babies because he was crying. His name is Anathi and he is so cute. I put him down and took pictures. I took lots of pictures with my film camera which I hope come out well *fingers crossed*

It was so much fun. I love being at the orphanage! It made me sorta wish I was staying over break so I could work at the orphanage although of course I’m excited about going home. It’ll be nice to be with my family and visit my friends over the month we have off. 

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