10/07/10 PART 2 (having probs posting this...)
The guys who runs the Childrens Home of Hope is a local guy named Elvis and he is the most inspirational person i have ever met. He has all of these wonderful community development projects on the go. I hope to get involved them as the kids come home from school at 2pm so we only have to take care of them for 3.5 hours. I love the fact that my placement is NGO based cause that gives us flexibility to start programs up if we like. I mentioned in my application that i was interested in AIDS/HIV awarenes cause all of the misinformation i witnessed here last time - they've asked me if i'd like to get an AIDS awareness program in schools up and running! this would involved sexual health, reproduction and AIDS stuff - the area is taboo here, but also a HUGE problem! It is also a passion of Elvis's but he is extremely over worked and would like a foreigner to do it because of the local stigma stuff - i can get away with talking about it. So keen to do it but terrified cause we all know how i feel about public speaking! I've been assured though, that it would be nothing like talking to Aussie kids cause these ones actually have manners and respect their elders! Thrilled about my placement!
Foods good - lots of beans and rice, weather is hot hot hot and sticky, city is crowded noisey, smelly, but so colourful and friendly. Everyone waves and says hello.
Hope all is well at home and that people actually read this! Aim to write on a weekly basis.