We had the opportunity to catch Liz today during a rainstorm on Zanzibar, she was able to give us a quick update on departing Njoro yesterday and the first day of the group’s time in Zanzibar.
The farewell party at the school was really well planned. The group had lunch with all the teachers and then there was an assembly to close out the time in the host community. The group was appreciated and entertained with skits, dances, and songs in their honor. The group performed a medley of songs starting with the Friends theme song > Buttercup Baby > Ain’t No Mountain High Enough > Lean On Me. Afterwards, there were many photos taken and tears shed because of the next day’s departure.
Afterwards the families came to the school and the group showed them all of their work – the bathrooms, the classroom floor, and the mural of the world map. Then everyone received thanks and appreciation from the leaders to the families, the girls to their families, and then the families to the girls. It was very nice and heartfelt. They ended the day with a reception of snacks and chipsymayai (one of the girl’s favorites) and headed home for the last night with families.
Departure was emotional, but the group was in good spirits and looking forward to Zanzibar and real showers/toilets. After the plane ride to Stonetown, they landed smelling the sea air — snorkeling tomorrow! It’s the end of Ramadan so the streets were full of people eating and drinking (everything), since they have been fasting for so long. The group enjoyed a nice dinner and an early night to bed.