|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“DATE: MAY 2, 2020|
BEING AN OVERCOMER
Many of our children came to live with us when orphaned as babies. Eva, our oldest orphan, has overcome Cerebral Palsy to become a productive young adult. She helps her Granny with everyday chores such as food preparation, carrying firewood, pumping water from our local well, and singing/dancing with the Church choir. I admire her spirit and spunk for Eva never let her disability get her down. She speaks Portuguese and Makua, and even knows a word or two in English!
Eva and friend helping Granny with food preparation.
Eva held by Granny Eliza as I doctored a wound on her hands when she was just 2 years old.
THINKING OUT OF THE BOX—MAKING LEARNING FUN!
Like many students around the world, math can be a challenge. Since school is out till end of May, we have increased our daily “study hall”. But the kids are getting bored, so I hope to increase their math skills by teaching them to play RUMMIKUB this coming week (abstract thinking). Geography games will use our huge blow up globe with teams competing to spot what country we are talking about.
I hope to awaken more of their artistic skills by having them draw different animals by tracing the shape of their hand in different positions. My goal is to get them to think “outside the box”. Photos of our laughs as we try these new endeavors will be in next week’s blog.
SUPER SLIDE GETS A NEW ROOF
Our 20-foot-high double super slide is still a favorite with all the children in our neighborhood. With this temporary lull in construction, it has given our carpenters and brick layers a chance to catch up on maintenance of our playground equipment.
The many rainy seasons since the building of the slide have taken their toll on the tin roof. Wet leaves caused the tin sheets to rust through.
Double super slide gets new roof.
It is a dangerous job climbing the 50-foot-tall Mango Tree that overshadows the slide, but our brave carpenters did a great job of ripping off the old and nailing on the new tin sheets. It’s ready for new action this week during our children’s playtime.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO EAT HEALTHY FOODS, AND WEAR WARM CLOTHING
The cool season has begun, as it is overcast, windy and cool as I write this. It came 2 weeks early, catching everyone by surprise, but we are going with the flow.
Our team swept through the local market this week, buying sweatshirts for the children. Sweatpants do not exist this year, so our team is looking for soft, warm long pants for the children to sleep in. Flexibility is the name of the game.
THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING OUR CHILDREN WITH YOUR LOVE GIFTS IN THESE DIFFICULT DAYS.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF