English celebration & send off party!
Friday was my last day of our Basic English course and everyone received their certificates at a party celebrating all they accomplished. As much as some days I feel stretched thin and overwhelmed by teaching English on top of everyday life here I can say for sure I love my students! We become like family. They were so pumped to celebrate and they should be because they worked hard and we had fun in our little English for beginners class! It is a privilege to see how excited people are to be a part of something that helps them reach their goals.
We also had a send-off party for Rich and Paula with everyone from Pamoja; staff, students, and special guests and of course a party would not be a party here without pilau and soda! There were thoughtfully prepared speeches by our students and a honored guest from the nearby college (who said something about Chinese food that I am still trying to figure out) and everyone had a chance to thank them and wish them well and many blessings as they embark on a new adventure in their lives. We will miss you guys!
the honored guests and some cute Wazungu kids who managed to nab a seat at the "important people" table
eating and drinking until we were stuffed!
automotive students with their certificates and Rich and Hans; 2 of their fearless leaders
Rich & Paula & baby girl Anna: you will be dearly missed at Pamoja and on this little island...Karibuni Tena!!!