So, What am I really doing in Burundi?
So far, we are working on two major projects, mainly HIV/AIDs Education and Teach English. However, we have been visiting associations to work with them on some environment projects, hygiene, nutrition and agriculture, so hopefully, it is going to be busy!!
I am going write a post on HIV/AIDs separately, but I will touch on other projects.
It is humbling to teach teachers English!! I mean, how can I be teaching an aunty?! Anyways, it has been a positive challenge so far, trying to make the class fun without undermining, and teach with a minimal understanding of French (Thanks that we have Rhochelle and Mari) and Kirundi (Phew to Mogisha and Edine). Well, I never really knew I could teach. Must be the mum and dad gene! Eek. LOL. But it is all God favour and grace.
For once in my life, I felt pressure to remember the ABC song…wow, well, I made my own remix. And drawing without the assistance of the world wide wide to give you pictorial clues really shows the power of the mind and the importance to step away to more traditional methods. Or simply making use of what we have!
And lesson plans and evaluation. I RATE TEACHERS 10/10.
To date, we got to know more about these teachers and their vision. We also have gone through greetings and market conversations. They want to learn to teach their class children English. They love their job. They can sacrifice time to come and learn from youths. They have families, they lessons to prepare, they have so much to teach, from mathematics to french and yet, they can come down to my level so I can share a little knowledge that I have to them. Some teachers have taught Edine and Mogisha! Now, tell me who has a fulfilled life? They do!
Moral Lesson: The best lessons in life can be taught by the person you have taught in the past.
Environment Projects & Agriculture
The Diocese has an holistic approach to development work. Today, we went to Eastern Gitega to see a tree planting project in addition to agriculture cultivation projects. We hope to be assist some way somehow to the development of Gitega. You will be reading more soon.
One thing that struck me was the level of creativity with the Burundians or, so should I say the awareness of my level of consumerism! Some cultivation workers were watering crops with a watering can with cellotapes punched holes bottle so that the water can flow through the holes! Wow!
Moral Lesson: Don’t let your ‘lack’ limit your purpose, look around, you might find something to help you achieve.
Hygiene & Nutrition
Teaching nutrition is so painful after seeing that some people in these villages only eat once or twice a day. 🙁 I didn’t teach yet, but I have been in a Lesson today. So much to do, so little time. Today, I was involved in making Soya milk (wow) in a community which I adore, for the whole village’s children. For lunch, they had porridge, but you can tell that some children weren’t satisfied. And that is it until evening. The women work so hard. They deserve the best! I will be writing a post on them soon. Well, we westerners have all our dietary needs available and yet we make wrong decisions not to apply them. These people are opposite. They have just about ‘enough’, and also need to make money from their produce. God help me.
Hygiene is another topic all together. Basic hygiene can be taught but I feel money helps. I also listened to class, but I will post more.
Moral Lesson: Your body is a functioning machine. Give it the necessary inputs to keep each part working.