The art and craft of shooting hoops.

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Sofia Region,
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After the debacle that was Rich forgetting to set his alarm clock to Bulgarian time we eventually got going after a teensy lie in.

Today was all about getting our materials for the arts and craft sessions up together and getting to know our translators better. Mimi and Valya are long term SC addicts but for Peter and Bogi this will be a new experience in terms of working with children and translating for the YT too so it was vital to spend time with them and draw them into the team.

The morning was spent visiting shops to get few bits and pieces to make sure we had everything that was needed for arts and crafts activities. These sessions are a much loved and appreciated part of the summer camp. Making things like hand puppets and necklaces as well as having their faces painted, brings such a lot of joy to the kids. Lipnitsa is a poor rural school that had funding for the orphanage part of its' programme pulled by the local authority last year. Together with local Bulgarian businesses the Trust has been making sure that the school has enough funds to feed the children and keep them safe and in education- so vital for thier long term welfare. The school's director, Mr Petkov, has been tirelessly working to keep Lipnitsa functiong as an orphanage too but this means that together with the huge education budget cuts facing all Bulgarian schools (25%) there really is no money for creative activities of the kind we aim to provide on holiday camp- no wonder the children get stuck in and enjoy themselves so much!

The afternoon was spent messing about playing basketball with Peter and Bogi who both love the game. With Mimi, Becki and Rich all enjoying a game too we had quite a match but it was Rich who set the court on fire with some blinding play that rolled back the yeas and left everyone stunned with his skill and overwhelming natural talent. Choke, ahem.

Tomorrow we wake at stupid o'clock and get the bus for Kranevo and 10 days of sand and chaos. Oh yeah.
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