It’s the dry season and it’s easy to have the desire to withdraw into a room and just sit in front of a fan. It’s dusty and hot! But with 7 eager volunteers, we arranged to go to the primary school to give a short lesson in color and pattern, a short lesson that allowed the children to take home a necklace with colorful beads they had strung.
Unfortunately we did not get a photo of everyone working hard to prepare for this day. The sorting of beads, the cutting of strings (fishing line) the organizing small bags filled with tiny beads and more string for each child to take home. But here is some of the finished work!
Over 400 strings and individual bags (and inside each bag was more string)!
Tedious work – individual lengths of fishing line had to be cut, then a bead secured on one end, plus a black mark on the other end to show when the child should stop putting on beads (so there was enough string to tie a knot).
All nicely packed up according to classrooms.
A plethora of color from days of painstakingly sorting beads to get ready for this day.
And one large misc. box for them to dig through.
Initially we were to spend the whole day there going from one class room to another (hence the massive preparation), then it was changed to one hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon…then down to one hour in the morning. With such a short time, we concentrated on just the 2 classes of the first grade over 70 students!
Using our handcart, we started loading up all the supplies as well as our preschoolers.
and started on our way.
Rortana’s concern over Chetra on the back was not without cause. We were no further than the gate when he tumbled off the end. He started crying, but not because he was hurt, but because he wanted BACK on the cart!
The primary school is basically just down the road, but pulling a cart full of supplies and kids, made it seem much longer…
Armed with laminated color posters (in Khmer and English) and a box of colors and pencils, a brief introduction to colors and shapes was given inside the classroom,
while right outside the classroom door, the buckets and boxes of beads were getting lined up.
The little ones (a bit overwhelmed by the sheer mass of children) were employed as cart security.
Inside, the children were creating beautiful paper necklaces in an organized manner,
whilst outside the children were lining up nicely for their turn.
As our little girls got used to the commotion and ran around the kids, Chetra remained firmly at his station only trading off with Srey Phahna while he and Alex had a brief photo shoot.
Inside the kids were getting a little more rowdy,
But it was nothing compared to the crowd growing AND GROWING outside! Orderliness was tossed aside as the children became used to these strange foreigners and found out what awaited them right outside the door.
Oblivious to the chaos to his right, Chetra stayed on…contemplating his future, perhaps?
But as can happen, through chaos emerges beauty (which is in the eye of the beholder, right?).
The 1st graders at the village primary school would not have the chance to experience such a fun day, had it not been for our volunteers!
A big shout out to Maud (France) and Caro (Germany)
Sue 1 and Sue 2 (UK)
and last but not least, Luise (Germany) who has less than 5 months left of a year long stay with us.
Way to soon it was time to pack up
And head back home with Nak and Chay helping give a running start to get the cart up the small hill outside the school.
All and all the hour that felt like a day was a success!
Thanks for looking!