My final week with GVI has been everything it should be! I have enjoyed the beautiful view from base, had daily “community swim time”, taught some great classes and had a few nice things made by Mr Kpunda, the local tailor. But the best part of my week has definitely been the painting project I’ve worked on at the school.
|Painting the alphabet at Mkwiro Primary School|
Mr Ali, a local teacher, asked me to work on a new alphabet outside the Standard 1 and 2 classrooms. I decided to do an animal alphabet, and did sketches for each letter. Painting at the school has been challenging but very fun! Everytime the other volunteers and I painted, students and techers would come by to watch, comment and give suggestions for which animal should come next , I loved having the input of the community on something that will remain on the school wall for (hopefully) a long time.
This week volunteers Jo, Sofia and I made a great painting team passed the time by siniging - something that I think entertained Mr Ali even more than us. Students come by between classes to quietly watch our progress and help my pencil. After a few more hours of painting we finally completed the whole alphabet!
One of the biggest challenges of painting here , besides finding time to paint when it isn’t extremely hot, is a lack of paintbrushes . The teachers at the school showed me how to remedy this, however, by making a suitable brush from a stick. They select a good twig and loosen the fibers on the end by hitting against a rock.
Another painting project I have helped with is the school sign. Mr Ali hand designed the school logo which fetures amd open book in fornt of a calm seaa under the sun – a fitting image since the school is located right next to the ocean. He asked me to improve it , so I made a few changes to the look of the sun nd water, and I sketched it out on the sign by the beach yesterday. Although I may not have time to complete the painting, I am happy knowing I have left at least a small mark on the walls of Mkwiro Primary School.
Dana Bustamante - Community Volunteer