Unfortunately there was no time for chapatis or mandaszis as we were too busy preparing for the leaving celebrations. A team of 6 helped prepare the meal we were to have with the community which involved the likes of Sean vs Garlic (Sean won with the help of some salt), and dancing around the fire with some Gendi students.
Meanwhile, the rest of us tidied up our communal area and rooms which was busy, hectic dusty...and Mr Cox helped as well. We were then treated to the community lunch consisting of chicken, stew, rice, beans, plantain, and watermelon; quite a feast for our last day.
After lunch the celebrations began with a dance from the local dance group after which Christina the Headmistress, representatives of the government and other important members of the community thanked us for our work.
Following a farewell song from the students of Gendi which made many of us very emotional, it was our turn to thank everyone.
Isla, Bea and Simon thanked Yohanna, Helena, the Fundis, the school and the entire community for making us feel so welcome and at home, its fair to say that that made us emotional too.
Julian from LTT then made a poignant speech about the importance of our work, including the importance of our work, including having disabled access to the toilets, having an incinerator to help girls deal with their menstral hygiene and the importance of educating girls, boys and teachers about menstrual hygiene.
By our surprise and gratitude the group were then presented with gifts including a handmade bag out of Tanzanian cloth, a necklaces, tchengis for the girls and blankets for the boys and a certificate of our time here.
We then concluded the celebrations with an intensive period of dancing and jumping up and down, the water works turned on.
Jack said he'd never seem quite a reaction when volunteers were leaving, in other words, there were a lot of tears from both the students of Gendi and us. But, as Luke rightly put it, you cry when you know there are good times to come, and that is most certainly true. With the end of our time at Gendi School, we look forward to a lifelong relationship with LTT, never forgetting the special memories and bonds which we've made here.