Mini Parents Day Shining Star Boarding School, Pokhara
19.02.2008 17 °C
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
MINI PARENTS DAY SHINING STAR BOARDING SCHOOL.It is still very cloudy, and it even looks like rain. Still no sign of the ‘Fishtail’.
The shopping was succesfull, a nice top and skirt, ready to please the kids for their big day.
We had to be at 11.00 sharp at school, but as Nepali time is very stretchable, the happening did not start before 12.00. I dropped the two bags with books for the school in the office, but later one of the teachers came to ask our full names, because they wanted to call us on the stage.
Not happy at all with this, I went back to the office and asked if it would be okay that we would be sitting with the children. The headmaster said that was fine, just when they were calling our names we had to get up, Namaste and that was it, he said.
Sudeep gave a nice speech, Mongol sang, Binod sang a song and Manju, Monica, Alina and Puja were beautifully dressed for the national dances.
To my surprise by the time the committee started to hand out the prices for the best student etc. one of the teacher called me to the front. I had the honour to hand out the prices!!. A teacher next to me gave the kids a tika, then I gave the notebooks to the children.
Thank God that I did not had to do all of them. After a while I was allowed to sit back with the children and around 14.00 Renske and I left silently, because still more then half of the prices were on the table.
We went to Maya café to eat a tasty chicken sandwich and drink a well deserved coffee.
Around 16.00 we will go to the home, where a party is organised for Julia and Amy, who are leaving tomorrow. We will go just for one or two hours, but not stay for Dahl Bath.
From tomorrow Renske and I will bring the kids to school – then I can also go to the headmaster again – and in the afternoon we will pick them up and help them with the homework.
Hopefully I can have a talk with Thak again this afternoon, to have a look in the profiles of the children, to check who is sponsored and who not.
The books we bought yesterday for the home AND the school were for an amount of ±100 Euro, so we still have enough money left to secure that the children can go to school.
It is so wonderful to see how eager all of them are to study. A bit sad is only, that they for example can tell you straight away ‘the part of the brain that gives a signal when you are hungry is the hypothalamus’. They even can spell the word correctly, but for the rest they have no idea where or what it is.
They for sure need more material for the practice of everything they learn, not only sophisticated words.
Of course the Oxford dictionary will be a big help for them now. Last night, after we left, they cleaned up all the cupboards in the study room and all the books were neatly stacked away.
I wish that soon there will be volunteers in this home again, so they can together with the children use the books.
Time to go back now, peri betounlah (see you later)
Namaste, R & R from P.P.
Half past four we were back at the home, but nothing noticeable of a party. Don't know what the girls had to prepare, but finally at six o'clock the first game started.
Renske and I wanted to leave, but when I went to Gongka to tell so, she grabbed my hand and that was it. No way that we were allowed to go, it was party, so we had to stay to eat with the children.
The food was very nice: special bread, potatoes, vegetables, kroupouk. But, to our surprise after that also the Dahl Bath came. The children ate like they had no food just before. Fruits and Renske and me were pugju (more than full).
Although there was still a cake to come, this time Gongka agreed that we were leaving, after a big hug and our promisse to be back tomorrow morning.
Finally we had a glimpse of the Fishtail, still cloudy, but it was still there. Let's hope that tomorrow it will be more clear, so we can make a picture.
It was a sunny but also hazy day, did get some colour.
Tomorrow our 'volunteering' starts, bringing the kids to school and in the afternoon helping with homework and playing.
Renske has her Nepali name: Gurash, meaning flower.
With this we close,
Suba Rathri, Peri betounlah, Sanghita and Gurash.