Unfortunately Sauti on Zanzi plans were set when this date was decided however the EFL (Education For Life) team planned together and the available EFL staff, Naomi, Pauline and Anastazia shared the morning with Moonshine Class. They met and shared the day with the elderly and disabled people the Sunshine Class experienced in November last year during our final 2011 Community Outreach activity.
Delight, intrigue, anxiety over coming fear of the old people and those who were disabled, sharing stories, building friendships, enjoying music and dancing, cleaning their environment…sharing their day!
Anastazia sharing time with the girls and the elderly
Cleaning the environment
The elderly always have wonderfully interesting, long and detailed tales to tell and our girls listened intently to all of them!
The experiences were similar yet different but the impact was just as powerful. Form 1 didn’t cook lunch, instead they helped clean their environment and took gifts to assist them with cleaning in the future.
Degrees of emotion are difficult for Tanzanians to describe accurately as the Kiswahili language is not as varied as the English language. However, the stories the girls have shared with me since their visit is have given me an insight into how much personal growth has occurred in both the Sunshine Class and the Form 1’s (Moonshine class) because of the opportunity our Community Outreach program has given them to better understand and acknowledge and appreciate an almost forgotten group of people living in our own communities.
Listening to the carer of the Elderly explaining about life at the Home.
The boxes on the table are soap which the Form 1's took as part of their sawadi (gift)