Laura’s Journal

Hi everyone my name is Laura and I was lucky enough to volunteer this August in Mwandi. This was my first time travelling outside of Australia (not including Tasmania) and although it was a huge culture shock for me I was warmly welcomed and felt right at home.

My time in Mwandi was packed full of activities and Fiona made sure not a moment was wasted. I had the pleasure of helping Mubiana how to use his laptop and it was a real joy to watch him learn. I would have to say one of the many highlights of my trip was being able to look after Mutafela, Lifaliza and Namachana each day. We had lots of fun painting, drawing, playing on the playground, trying to play soccer (if Mutafela didn’t run away with the ball), riding the bikes and helping Lifaliza with his exercises. I think about them every day and hope all is well now that they are back at school.

I was lucky enough to be able to paint a mural of Noah’s ark in the devotions room. Even though I had some frustrations of spilling the paint it turned out wonderfully if I do say so myself. I will never forget singing and dancing to the hockey pokey as I have never heard anything louder or seen anything more exciting.

I had the most amazing time being with the children and the staff at OVC and my heart goes out to them all. I have had some wonderful experiences and have met some truly amazing people who I will never forget. All the hard work that is put in to the project can be clearly seen just by looking at the smiles on the children’s faces.

I admire and look up to Fiona for all she has done and continues to do. How she remembers 270 children’s names it just amazes me.  What a truly inspiring woman she is. Fiona, Rury and Lucy make the most beautiful family and I am truly grateful to have been a part of it all. I want to say thank you with all of my heart to everyone I met and for everything I have experienced. Mwandi will always be special to me.

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