|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: MAY 1, 2021
FUN IN THE SUN!
Our children are super active and healthy, thrilled that their school is open and Bawana-time is now more fun than ever!
I managed to catch their opening sing-a-long time on a short video this week. The youngest in the line on the left is 3‑year-old Jesuino, (Jezz wee no) who came to us in a very malnourished state as a newborn. His love for dancing and singing is hilarious, and he loves the laughter he sparks. He is a bit of a ham, for sure.
We all got a super laugh when I showed the singing video to the children. As soon as Jesuino heard the singing, he started dancing and singing along. The whole group broke out in laughter at his actions, while Jesuino just kept right on dancing and singing. He is a character for sure!
Video Link — https://youtu.be/LwzdTNj5RBQ
Jesuino, on the left, making the most of sing a long time
YOUR PRAYERS AND LOVE GIFTS HAVE MADE ALL THIS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE LOVE AND CARE THIS GROUP NEEDED FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE.
NOTE: Helder has made it through his first week of teachers’ school, only calling us 5 times for advice on uniform purchase and other school related needs. He’s learning fast how to do what is needed to meet school rules.
Baby Juma still needs a sponsor.
HOUSE #7: SHAPING UP AT A FAST PACE
To the sound of mortar slapping the walls, I watched as our small construction team completed the final plastering on the front wall of House #7 on April 30th. Now the slower paced finishing work begins. The kitchen sink and table, as well as the Rocket Stove must still be built, but that takes time and patience as it must be done 1 stage at a time and allowed to dry before doing more.
Major cement work completed on all walls of dining/kitchen area.
The four 16-foot/4‑meter deep “long drop” toilets have been capped, allowing the bathroom foundation to be built. In S. Africa, a “long drop” is the name given to a USA “outhouse” but the difference is our long drops have no seat but just a covered 3‑foot/ 1‑meter-wide, 16-foot/4‑meter-deep hole with a small hole cut in the middle for doing your business. After all, we don’t want anyone falling in!
Capped “long drops” allow bathroom foundation to begin this week.
We will take it one step further by installing “sanitas” or a flat, stand upon, flush toilet so no one can fall in and our little ones won’t be scared when their toilet training begins. SAFETY FIRST!
I will send a photo when all is completed so you will have the full picture. The photos show our current progress, and I will give an update at the end of May.
Food buying begins June 1st, so all construction will come to a halt until the all-essential food buying program is completed in mid-July.
Blessings and love to all of you as we continue moving forward one day at a time.
As Texans often say:
Your Bush Bunny is hopping on down the trail, letting no grass grow under her feet.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF