Eleana's African Travels
Hello everyone. As you all can tell by the lack of entries internet access if hard to get here in Hazyview. But I have it now so I will update you on the past week. On Thursday Gavin and I gave an AIDS presentation to the electricity workers that we have been working with over the past week. I was amazed with how much they wanted to learn. I was also amazed that being in a country infested with this horrible disease they did not know very much. They asked so many educated questions. Their main question was wanting to know why the world is looking at Africa and seeing AIDS and doing nothing about it. They think that the world is not helping them. It was hard for me to understand. I tried and tried to convience them that the world is helping them and they want to help them we just had a hard time getting the point accross. They just speak of their government and wonder where all the aid is going. But there is corruption all over the world. I just wish there was a way that I could show these workers that the world wants to help Africa. But I can't save Africa in one summer!! On Friday we worked with the electricity company at another site where we evaluated their work stations and made suggestions to their work habits. We ended a little early so Gavin and I came back to the farm and walked through the orange fields and had all we could eat. Japie(director of Wellness Africa and who we are staying with) has two brother and they own an adventure center on their farm. They have white water rafting, quad biking (ATVs), hourses, a zipline and paintball and all these fun activities. So on Friday I went whitewater rafting!!!! My first time!!! It was great I was lucky enough to be with a guide so I did not get flipped over but the water was COLD!! It was amazing. Yesterday was my adventure fun day. I woke up and Japie said that they needed help at the adventure center so I went down there to help...but they didn't need help I got to do whatever I wanted all day long!!!! So I went on the quad bike trails, and did the zipline which was so much fun, the I went horseback riding. I had a really really good day. It was amazing. It is different from doing it in the States because I got to horseback ride up a beautiful mountain and look over the countryside. It was breathtaking. Today I took it easy. I was able to sleep in. I wanted to go to church with the family but they only speak Afrikan and seeing I only know 2 words I would not have understood anything. So today was a resting day. I sat out at one of the bungalows and read my book. Gavin and I went to the store but everything closes early on Sunday so we ordered pizza and called it a day. So I have been updating school journals and then this one!!!! I hope you all have enjoyed my fun filled weekend because I sure did. I miss you all and thank you for your continuous support. Without you I would not be here!!! Love ya!!!