Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bowling and Bingo

Post by Rachel Wilcocks, a current volunteer working at Shree Krishna School and the Asha Foundation. 

Our last trip to the Asha foundation went very well with makeshift bowling and bingo taking up the afternoon, thanks to Nicki: the ideas girl of the group.
Though Bingo took a long time (We kept rolling the same numbers on the dice, this did seem to frustrate the children somewhat) they were all very excited and wanted to play until each child had won…Luckily we had bowling to distract them!
With all the water bottles we’d been collecting for floats(we've been teaching the Street Kids how to swim) and a tennis ball we attempted to get a game of bowling going. As underarm bowling wasn’t what they had in mind the game quickly moved outside where they could lob the ball as hard as they liked into the water bottles. Consequently they are now the owners of our broken tennis ball. Keeping an official score sheet meant that we had a chance to learn names but also could see how much we were losing by… 
Playing with the children at the Asha Foundation
The children really loved Bingo

Concentrating hard on getting the numbers right

The bowling also went down very well, but in the end got alittle bit too energetic so we moved the game outside!

Roland - not competitive in the slightest!

This Saturday we went on our first trip to SOS Bahini, a women’s center supporting over 60 girls. We were settled in a room and told some of the girls would come and meet us. I don’t think we were quite prepared for how many girls pilled into the room but they did not complain of lack of space! The girls were all very upbeat. Saturdays are a very busy day for them so we will mainly be holding English conversational classes, nothing to strenuous as by the time we arrive at 9.30 they will of already had their Karate lesson and have a full day of activities. The girls gave us a tour of their center, complete with cows, goats, chickens and their art area. The art work they showed us was beyond anything we could imagine producing and went along side their Karate trophies!

'The Hub'. This is where the girls meet every Saturday for their activities. It's a beautiful place.
Wednesday saw a holiday day to mark the end of exams so we took the street children to the park. An experience that was possibly a bit to hot for us to enjoy but which sent them buzzing to their teacher in Thursdays lessons. Occasionally we just had to close our eyes and tell ourselves that they were perfectly safe and weren’t going to hurt themselves playing on the swing ‘that way’ or climbing/hanging of anything and everything but the only mishap was a few skids in the mud, and the realization we’d brought them out at snack time so were delivering some very hungry (and slightly muddy) children home.

Want to read more about Rachels trip? Then click here.

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