Phoebe's Blog - 10 February

Today I've been here a month! The time has gone so quickly, I can't believe it. It's weird how you can adjust to such different surroundings, when I first arrived I thought I'd never get used to it but now I no longer think about the animals in the street, the corrugated metal roofs or washing from a bucket as strange.

Did a big clothes wash on Saturday morning which two of the little girls helped me with. It began with them splashing soap at me but eventually we established a good routine! Yai, the 5 year old, would help wring out my clothes and Tanta, the 2 year old, would hand me a clothes peg. They can't speak English so the only words we said to eachother for half an hour were 'thank you' but it seemed to work quite well!

Anita from MBG ( the organisation we are doing this through) happens to be staying out here at the same time, and arrived with sweets and letters from home last week! Have discovered my will power ( where rationing chocolate is involved) is horrendous.

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Interview with Ric Law of Disability Africa

MBG prides itself on introducing specialist individuals and agencies to The Gambia and Gunjur. Ric Law, Director of Disability Africa, was introduced to Gunjur by MBG in 2012 and they are now doing remarkable work with disabled young people in that community.

Read Ric's interview with Gambian newspaper The Standard.

MBG Volunteer Phoebe's Blog

Had a lovely relaxing day at the beach last Sunday before starting at the school. There is a lodge we like which serves a delicious buffet on Sundays, like an English barbecue! The last week has been fun but quite tough. Have spent the mornings shadowing teachers at school and learning how things work, so we are past the exciting 'holiday' way we spent the first week!

The school works very differently from ours.. The headmaster is incredibly strict. In assembly on Monday morning there was led Islamic prayer and then led Christian prayer. After that the children sung the national anthem, received a lecture on cleanliness and all the girls got kept behind to have their uniforms checked for being too tight ( the one thing which is similar to England)! Sophie, Duncan and I had to stand up and introduce ourselves to the school. This caused laughter and chatting, hopefully in a curious rather than malicious way.

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