Day 7


Since we have no sure way of knowing if someone is aware of our presence, we set our alarm clocks early in order to be ready in case we need to be. It would not be a great first impression if students were to discover a bunch of white people in pajamas crawling out of tents set up on their soccer field first thing Monday morning. This proves to be a good tactic as we are greeted bright and early by a head teacher awaiting our presentations. For the Swahili version, Grace exchanges ideas with students in one classroom while Hanna discusses the topic in English with the staff.
Apparently a few valid points seem to find solid ground among the teachers, for on top of agreeing to collect on campus, one teacher is now convinced to start a collection bin on his private property, which is too far away from the school to combine the efforts and is also very close to aforementioned major dump site.
On the way to Same we are happy to note the lack of waste on the roadside, yet our musings as to why this could be are brought to an abrupt end as we notice a sign declaring the area as part of a National Park. Fines for littering are exorbitant in nature reserves and so we decide for lack of work to drive in to Same town to clean up there. Joseph had gone ahead earlier in the day in search of schools where we could stay and came across Joyland Catholic Secondary School, where we head towards after a few hours in Same. There we meet with the very courteous and obliging head nuns, who arrange for all 300+ girls to assemble in the dining hall for our presentation. The keen Catholics were indeed giddy, though we had a small suspicion their fervor had more to do with our outlandish appearances as opposed to enthusiasm for the project. Regardless, questions were aplenty and as soon as the overhead projector was turned off, they turned their attention to us and began bombarding us with all sorts of questions about Europe, snow, and dreadlocks.

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