Thursday, 26 October 2017

Rain down in Africa

Rain has been a recurring topic in the past few blogs. Today was no exception. A lovely sunny start to the day was disrupted by an unexpected and instantaneous hammering of rain in the evening worthy of the tropics. Though Jack took full advantage of this downpour by still having a shower! 

The morning began with a fresh portion of papaya and mango, with the usual serving of porridge. Project work was facilitated by Sam Barrett's leadership and Simon's medical surveillance. Social team finished work 15 mins early before break to help with the final preparations for Helena's birthday today. With balloons (that kept popping), stickers, party hats, and mandazis with special chocolate sauce, it was a truly successful party. A colourful card was signed by the whole team, and seeing Helena's smile lifted our spirits for the rest of the day. 

In the afternoon, after a game of tope darts, we paired up and gave the children an english lesson with singing and lots of questions. After the lesson the team joined the students in games of netball, football, catch, ans an energetic and colourfuk Macarena (courtesy of Sam Bailey). Lots of pictures were taken, and lots of friendships were made. 

The ambiance at dinner was made by Fiona, Dylan and Pieter's scouse accents and a singalong to Megan's playlists, including Ed Sheeran, The Jackson 5 and a bit of Whitney. 

Quote of the day Mr Cox; "And then the shower went". 

Written by Sam, Ben and Isla.

(Sorry we have no pictures today 🙈 we will take lots tomorrow to make up for this!)

11 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Helena! I hope you had a great day.
    Bit worried to hear you all needed your spirits lifting. Maybe you are realising what great parents you have and how much you miss us? That would be nice!
    Sam, I've started a shopping list for essential food stuff for your return - fillet steak, roast chicken, Serrano ham, frites, tara, humous, melton mowbray pork pies, mini sausage rolls, profiteroles.. I hope I haven't missed anything. Lots of love Mum x
    Ps. I hope you were a good team leader!

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  2. Most upset that there are no pictures of Helena's birthday. I would quite like to see this wonderful cook. Not quite sure how our breakfasts of old weetabix and stale bread will stack up to fresh papaya and mango...Celebrated 30 years at the FT today Isla. You missed the left over Krispy Kreme doughnuts from the celebration. Tant pis! Make sure we get an extra dose of pictures tomorrow please. big hugs, mum

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  3. Hannah asks, “What are tope darts?? And those mandazis sound peng!”
    Samuel’s father: “FOCUS! FOCUS!”
    Samuel’s mother: “Sounds like a lovely party! Where did you find the balloons? Who packed those? Are you doing any reading to the kids or is the dancing, football and singing proving more attractive? BTW, just sent a reminder email to Reggie who wrote right back, saying he was on top of it. He is also hugely impressed that you are in Tanzania. He says he hopes to be in the UK next year and will visit us!”
    We love you lots, Samuel!

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  4. We also wish Helena a belated happy birthday and thank her for cooking and feeding you all so well. The food sounds "inspire-ing" - wish we were there. Sounds like a fun day. Hopefully not much to do for the medical surveillance Simon other than rationing the chocolate. So how's the swahili coming along, what's swahili for happy birthday? Also looking forward to seeing pictures tomorrow. Reading the blog and seeing the pictures is the highlight of the day! K&S

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  5. Hey Ben - where are the photos? Sounds like a bit of a down day with all that rain but also such a happy one to share with your talented chef Helena. Wishing you all a sunny day tomorrow. Think you should all send a list of most wanted foods when you get back so we can prepare. Love mum and dad xx

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  6. Is English weather following you guys?
    I am impressed to hear that you are having the healthiest breakfast,porridge,every day (Sean hope you keep up the good habit when back).
    Enjoy you final day at Babati wishing you all a lovely, sunny day.
    Love mun , dad ,Martha and Pippa .

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  7. Loving this blog and the daily updates can’t wait to seethe photos as your work comes to an end and you get ready for some well deserved r&r. Pieter, we had the Bellews here yesterday on way to KL, luckily they’re going to stay overnight on their way back so you’ll see them on 5th. JE keen to hear all about trip so gave him the blog link. Papa on Day 5,so he’s off on Tuesday when you get back. The house is quiet without your music .....all good training for being empty nesters. Micheline here this weekend.

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  8. Hi Fiona, Mum FINALLY gave me the link for the website so I've just caught up. Well done on waking everyone up early. You look like you're having a good time can't wait to hear about it. Glad our scouse practice has had some use.
    Love your favourite sister

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  9. Hi Luke, it's raining in Munich too! Great you celebrated Helena's birthday! Did you all prepare some British dishes for her too?
    Your cousins in Munich sent you their love.
    Love from Mum.

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  10. Hi Luke, it's raining in Munich too! Great you celebrated Helena's birthday! Did you all prepare some British dishes for her too?
    Your cousins in Munich sent you their love.
    Love from Mum.

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  11. Hi Luke, it's raining in Munich too! Great you celebrated Helena's birthday! Did you all prepare some British dishes for her too?
    Your cousins in Munich sent you their love.
    Love from Mum.

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