We're going to the jungle!

Trip Start Aug 11, 2013
Trip End Sep 17, 2013

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Western,
Friday, August 16, 2013

Hey guys...

Really quick update as I've got to run pack for our jungle trip!
Yesterday I went for a look at the girls home where I will be working each Monday afternoon. It was a far bus ride away (in fact I took 12 buses yesterday and 2 tuctucs). The town it's in is disgusting. Far more stray dogs and cats and rats line the streets. The girls however were very sweet - if a little rough around the edges let's say! They fight a lot, hit and smack and snatch and steal. They're orphans - mainly their parents were killed in the war. They are eager to learn and doactivities as I think when we're not there they're pretty much left to
It!! What us quite strange is that it's normal to smack the children here and seeing teachers do it is strange - but also some volunteers do too when children are out of control. It sounds barbaric but it's not, not a punch in he face, but arm taping etc is commonplace.
Anyway then this morning was my first project
In NIMH on the women's forensic ward. At first they were shy and quiet but soon they were joining in with actiitiwa such as drawing and writing, playing with balloons and juggling balls. These are all really good for developing their motor skills (both limbs and oral and eyes) and also their communication and social skills. They're
Really lovely and laugh a lot when I try and speak Sinhalese.

Just had lunch in town - rice and curry (al vegetable I'm avoiding eating meat outside of the home stay, although we had a gorgeous squid stew last night). Off to the jungle this weekend for team building!

Oh and lat night we went to a drama therapy workshop which was SO interesting! Inhibition was certainly left at the door and we all looked like fools but found
It was a great technique for therapy avoiding re-traumatising patients - also good for autism
If you do statue-in or mirroring!

Got to run!!

Lots of love xxx
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