After an eventful night of no electricity, we were woken up at 6:30 by Miss Sturdee’s ever optimistic voice. We had breakfast and headed off to Kawama School ready for a full day of interviews. We were greeted by all the school children in their pink shirts as well as many other children from the local community. They were as welcoming as ever and this gave us a taste of what the day would hold.
We were split into pairs in the church building and began to carry out the interviews alongside our interpreters. We were struck by the size of the families, the frequency of diseases such as malaria, and how many children slept on the floor. Despite this the children were as positive and enthusiastic as ever. During the interviews we asked about family, health and school and we were surprised by how eager the children were to learn. Also, it was inspiring to see how great their aspirations were for the future, with jobs ranging from pilots to doctors and teachers.
The number of children turning up for interviews was lower than expected due to the fact that they had repeatedly been through the interview process in previous years and had not realised that all the children needed to be interviewed annually. This resulted in us having some time to visit some of the homes of the school children to encourage them to be interviewed. After finishing earlier than expected we had plenty of time to play with the children. It was great to have time to properly play with them and learn more about their lives. Some of us were fortunate enough to learn new chants and their national dance, as well as being used as a climbing frame. We piled onto the bus exhausted yet felt elated as the children chased to bus down the road.
By Charlotte Tristem, Abi Dahl and Livi Hartley