Boy, it’s a good thing I woke up and found Christmas pictures from Juba, South Sudan or I would’ve had to inflict my pinecone elf photo series on you.
LeAnna came through (the wifi has returned to the USAID compound). Here are some pictures from Sunday’s Christmas party.
There’s also a video that I’m unable to open right now (working on it), of the girls singing carols in Santa suits. LeAnna writes:
About those Santa suits. A volunteer has started a choir with some of the oldest girls. He uses weekly choir practice to help teach/improve English, discipline, and focus. The choir sang at a church service last week — it was really beautiful. The girls were then invited to sing at an Embassy and also in the lobby of a hotel (one used by a lot of NGO and humanitarian workers). A volunteer from the Embassy found some red fabric and cotton at the local market and had these Santa suits made. A bit cheesy, but they were actually quite excited to go out and sing at the hotel. They ended up going to the hotel on Sunday evening when we were supposed to open gifts. So we opened gifts with some of the smaller kids that evening that are not in the choir.
More to come! Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday!
ETA — more pix!
LeAnna writes (I asked if there were any open gift pix?):
Unfortunately, by the time they opened the presents, the sun had gone down. That’s why those ones of them handing the presents out were so blurry – I had to try to lighten them up in Lightroom just to get those. I did not have a flash on my camera. I think Cathy, the orphanage founder, did take some pictures with flash. She is visiting family in Nairobi for the long weekend. I will see if she has some when she gets back. I will also be back over at the orphanage and will try to get photos of the kids in their shoes, with the toys, etc.
We could not start opening the presents until all of the kids had finished dinner and the girls were all dressed for the Christmas concert. It was total chaos. Can you imagine living with 30 teen-aged girls and then a dozen wee ones! Fun, but OMG. I’m making Christmas cookies right now to take over tomorrow. Most of the regular volunteers who come to do activities (reading kids books, soccer, art projects, tutoring, etc.) are out of town.
One of the Food for Peace officers on the compound is an excellent photographer. I keep trying to get him to come with me and take pictures. I will try to convince him. It’s hard when I go, because Fatima wants me to hold her and screams when I put her down. The boys are climbing all over. It’s loads of fun. LOL.
BTW, every time I show up now, Fatima follows me around pointing at me and yelling, “shoes, shoes, shoes.”
Fatima is the sweet little girl in the post the other day, who kept sneaking in and trying on the new pretty shoes.