Daycare Day 3

Trip Start May 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm finally starting to feel useful. I have made a friend. I don't know his name...Bina, the lady who runs the place, wasn't around this afternoon so I couldn't ask. She is the only worker who speaks English well enough to hold a conversation. The rest of the workers communicate with the volunteers through hand signals. Letting one of them know that a little girl threw up was fun...I had to pantomime the whole ordeal. My whole day consists of charades, it is great.

But anyhow, I call him Ed. He looks like an Ed to me. His Nepali family would probably laugh...a lot. But I'm the only one at the daycare that can get him to stop crying when he's upset...I pick him up and he goes quiet immediately. He is really curious about everything and loves to explore during naptime. He is not a good napper. But his face lights up when he sees me...its great! It makes me feel a little bit more helpful.

I stayed a little bit later today...the older kids got done with school and we all played. I forgot how fun recess was. I was a champ at monkey in the helps to be twice the height of everybody else. I even played it while holding Ed with one arm...I am so coordinated I can play monkey in the middle one-handed successfully! Haha. Some talent...

I was also a hit because I can pick up the kids and spin them around in circles in the air. They loved it. I had a line. But then the line disintegrated and I was attacked by about 5 children chattering in Nepali at me and grabbing my arms and legs and jumping on was crazy. And so much fun.

Which brings me to my new mission. I'm going to start raising funds to build these kids a playground. Natalie, my sister, is helping me on the home front...we are still in the brainstorming phase but we are thinking a dinner at the church in Oskaloosa and then some door to door visiting. It will cost about 2,000 US dollars to build them a decent playground. I am also hoping to get some sort of cover for the ground...right now it is gravel and mud and bricks...not exactly safe or fun to play on. But more on that to come. If you want to help by fundraising in your town, let me know! I am in the process of making a pamphlet with pictures and information that I can get to you.

Off to dinner. Woohoo!
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Woahh! Count me in! This really is a great idea! I'm pretty sure that a lot of people would want to help as well. I think a dinner would be great, but I don't think it would raise all 2000 dollars in one shot. So you'll have to do other things, too. I'm not sure how people would respond to teenagers coming to their door asking for donations to help build a playground for a daycare for poverty-stricken children in Kathmandu.... But it's worth a shot! =)

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