In July another team of enthusiastic Lower 6th students set off for Romania.
Our first few days were spent living at the Farm of Hope, where our hosts made us so welcome. We had great fun meeting children from the local village, doing crafts with them, playing games together and teaching them English. We spent a day hay making the old fashioned way – spreading out cut grass over a whole field to dry in the sun and going back the next day to turn it all over – and some of us had great fun up to our knees in corn as we bagged it up ready for milling into animal feed.
Some of our most enjoyable, yet difficult, moments were spent with the children at Little Rainbows Nursey. The nursery is lovely but when we saw the children’s homes in the shanty town on the edge of the city we realised the huge obstacles that the children will have to overcome to make it through school and build a safe, purposeful life for themselves. We left our money with the wonderful teachers and social workers for workbooks, food parcels, wood for fuel, basic medicines for different children etc.
Towards the end of our stay we went to the village of Erbiceni and used our muscles and precision skills to dig a toilet drop, build a stable and erect a strong fence.
It was an amazing ten days.