Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
Our day started at Grace Village where we spent the morning with just the boys, baking cookies and bread, playing soccer, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and singing. Even though the baking activity looked chaotic, with flour flying everywhere, and butter sliding on the tables, all the boys participated. The highlight for me was watching the woman who operated the wood oven. She filled the oven with wood and let it burn until the internal temperature was 900 degrees. Then, she removed the wood and put in the bread and cookies. The boys gathered around the oven waiting for the cookies and bread to come out of the oven. When they were cool enough to eat, they dove in. Most had a couple, but some where seen to have taken at least 6. Well, so much for lunch.
After Grace Village, we stopped at the mass grave site where there are an estimated 300,000 people buried. We were touched by the personal stories of our interpreters who shared their stories of what happened that horrible day on Jan 12, 2010.
We then stopped at Juno’s, an orphanage, and played checkers and put together puzzles. I love the word for puzzles in French “Jeu de patience” (Game of patience) and isn’t that the truth. Steve brought out the guitar and sang French songs with the kids and everyone, including the staff, were clapping and singing along. The team is doing a great job learning French songs. Just ask one of us how to say “branch” in French.
Just when we thought we didn’t have any energy left, we rallied and took the neighborhood boys to the soccer field for a game. Thank goodness we divided us up into two teams. It was a close game, 1-0.
After our full day, we thought we were ready for a bit of relaxation, when Jean came over and showed us how to salsa. It was a beautiful night to dance on the rooftop.