07 April 2013


Day 5 and 6 - last few days.

Saturday began with a relaxing lounge by the pool, as it was street cleaning day and no cars were allowed on the road until 1pm. On the way to Manneh's compound we looked for evidence of the cleaning, but found none! On route we called in to collect a variety of parcels from Yankuba and admire his room! At the Manneh's we were treated to an amazing feast of Benechin, rice and beef with eggs and tomato. They were very pleased to receive some donated designer t-shirts and as it was Adama's birthday, he was given a football! It was really lovely to see them all looking so well and to hear all about their plans for the future.

After some heart stopping reversing (Abdoulie at his best!) we headed back for a quick change before going to Senegambia to celebrate Wandifa's upcoming birthday. It was a very 'wow' evening! Wandifa smiled from ear to ear, particularly when the lights went out and a special slice of cake appeared including a sparkler! We then cracked out the party blowers which proved a huge hit!

Sunday began with an expedition to Jambanjelly! We arrived to a fantastic welcome of dancing and singing, lead by Nuha who is sponsored by Dan. We joined in with some dancing (video to follow!) and songs including a brilliant rendition of the Hokey Cokey! We played parachute games and were very impressed with the discipline of all the children. Leaving Dan and Rachel in charge of the bean bag, balloon and skipping games, we headed to see Jambanjelly women's group, to find out how they were doing with their PAGEANT loan. We were delighted to find that they were on their third set of six ladies and that about half of the previous ladies were still trading. Lauren and I entertained the children with bouncy balls and a conga line!

We returned to the first compound where Rachel and Dan were in the middle of a game of Grandmother's Footsteps. Having scooped them up, we waved goodbye and headed to Gunjur to deliver lots of PAGEANT letter forms and take more photos of students. We returned to the hotel in time for a game of water basket before entertaining Haddy, Isha, Alhagie and Mama who had been brought to the hotel by their dad to see us. We did some drawing whilst having a drink and then played a round of crazy golf! They played on the swings and slide before going home clutching more gifts. We had a slightly hysterical evening back at the hotel of wild music and intermittent food!!!

The youth of the party are preparing to leave tomorrow :( whilst Pippa and Tina are gearing up for a long day traveling up country to Jarreng (there and back in one day!!)

We promise to add more photos when we return home but for now goodnight! X x x

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