We woke up at 6 and made the use of the toilet seat and running water for the last time before the village. After our first Malawian breakfast, we left for Manyenje. The journey was bittersweet; on the one hand we felt like celebrities as the kids chased the bus, but there was the underlying realisation of the conditions these people live in and how we can only make small changes.
We finally arrived, after a jolty journey on the dirt track and up a hill we didn't think the coach could handle. We were met by a crowd of the happiest children we had ever seen and we could not wait to go and play with them. The bedroom (singular!) is much nicer than expected and the toilets are... Adequate. As soon as we'd sorted out sheets and nets we headed out to play with the children. We played the Hokey Cokey and duck duck goose, and were surprised by their English abilities.
The best and strangest part of the day was the Welcome Ceremony. An over an hour long event full of twerking, drumming, and speeches. We sang but it was a bit of a tough crowd, ending with 'thank you girls, that was interesting'. Then we returned and went over our high and low points, met with the revelation Beth and Sanj have both managed to wee in their own faces. Robin also told us she forgot her towel and so after the shower had to just 'shake it off'. Not sure how that worked.
Looking forward to starting on the project and meeting more people.
Lots of love
PS three of us have managed to face plant in front of the whole village, Enma, Rach, and Tabbi.