Monday, April 23, 2007

National & Global Youth Service Day

April 21-22 was National and Global Youth Service Day. Saturday we celebrated by cleaning up the field and planting trees where we hope to one day prepare a village playground/outdoor recreation center. Some pictures below help illustrate the event.

There is a class that the kids take called 'work'. The boys learn how to build and repair things and the girls learn how to cook and make crafts. I recruited some of the sixth form boys and later the fourth form wanted to help. When the bell rang they asked if they could come back after school and help some more. They showed up at 2 p.m. with gloves, bags, water and a flower for me.
It was an enthusiastic group.

When it was time to plant the trees this neighbor came down and showed us the right way to do things. Talk about community investment.
YCAP group 9th form students helped dig while we gathered buckets of water and measured out the field. Our friend stayed around to monitor the work for a few trees until the boys got the hang of it.
One of my favorite students (above right) took charge of the younger students (who he fondly referred to as his kindergartners). Here he is instructing the kids to gather rocks to make a ring around the baby trees. I'll admit, it was a nice touch.


Anonymous said...

Looks like the Youth Service Day was a big success. It's great that you were able to organize it and have so many participate. I'm sure the children, and adults, will enjoy the fruits of all the work that went in to clearing the land and planting the trees. I look forward to seeing the progress of the park.
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

You make us proud. When you complete your work there, we'll recruit you to plant trees for us! Keep up the fantastic work.

Love, UT