23 February 2008
Friday and Saturday
In the morning we visited the market with Chris as he's mentioned to do some shopping (and bargaining!) as it was Chris' last day and he wanted to buy some presents. Later we went to visit the girl who Lauren and her family have decided to sponsor. Her name is Fatoumatta and she's in grade 2 at a very nice school. Lauren took her a school bag filled with goodies including a purse, hat, pens, board games, dominoes, a small handbag and sunglasses. Fatoumatta was extremely excited to meet Lauren and was delighted with her presents. Her English is excellent and we're sure she'll do well at school as she enjoys it very much. We then visited another family compound to meet two sponsored children and their family. We returned to the hotel quite early in time for Wandifa to attend 2 o'clock prayers. We also got back just in time to say goodbye to Chris (please keep writing on the blog Chris!). In the afternoon we joined in with a sand painting class which was fun. We then had a lovely evening meal out with Linda and a sponsored Gambian woman called Mary.
Today was a long day as we drove to 12 different family compounds and shops visiting lots of sponsored children. They were all very well and pleased to see us. They each received their final batch of sponsorship money for the school year, exercise books, pens, pencils, and in some cases, presents from their sponsors. One of the girls we met early on called Isatou came round some compounds with us which was great because she (as well as us) really enjoyed spending girlie time together! Tomorrow we are going to take another group of children out shopping to Banjul market, and out to eat as well, before hopefully going up the Independence Arch, from which you can see the whole of Banjul and beyond!
Frances, Lauren and Rosie (and then there were three!!)