First Impressions: Melinda WulfOctober 23, 2013 3:44 pm
I was truly touched by the signs and very excited to begin meeting all the girls. That opportunity came later that night when we had dinner in the dining hall followed by prayer time. The girls took turns praying, singing and dancing.
Carene Gates (JBFC’s Director of Operations and the Founder’s mother) took one look at me when the girls initially broke into song and said she saw what I was thinking written all over my face. “This is why I am here.”
One day when there was no school due to national holiday, I spent the day with the girls in dorm area. The day started with porridge and hair braiding with the older girls.
Then I spent some time with the younger girls as they made friendship bracelets for Elisa (JBFC volunteer) and me and helped us with our Swahili. I quickly learned that the love for Justin Bieber does not end at the Atlantic Ocean.
This past week, Neema had a flat tire on her wheelchair, so a few of the girls and I took her into the village to get it fixed. On the way there, she reached out to me and said “Shika mkono”. I asked her what it meant and she said, I want to hold your hand. So as the other girls pushed her wheelchair down the path, I held her hand into town.
While I haven’t been here long, I’m enjoying the connections that are beginning between me and the kids. Everyday there is something that makes me feel the way I did that first night at prayer time…
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