Friday, 22 October 2010

Friday 22nd October

Well here we are at the end of our first week in Sierra Leone, no major catastrophes (as of yet!) and everyone is loving it here even with the ongoing fatigue, last night we experienced one of the loudest and fierce rainstorms most of us have ever heard! The concert last night was a great success, with an audience twice the size of what we expected - one woman quoted it to be the best night she’d ever experienced in all of the 25 years she’d been here. Over all we managed to raise an astonishing $270 for the fund which we all think shows the amazingly generous nature of the IMATT people. Today was a very early start for all of us as we had to move the long awaited computers into the Balanta academy and J. T. Reffel School, which Mr Yates and Mr Ladley had to run around the city with a tottering pile of forms for countless people to sign before we could set them up, without them we don’t think it would’ve ever got through so a big thanks to their hard work! Today was the last day we were teaching in the Balanta academy. It has been incredibly rewarding to see how much the students took our teaching to heart and their endless enthusiasm for learning and for us. With another concert tonight were just about to get ready for a fun evening, including a selection of jazz pieces from our Sierra Leone jazz combo and the Balanta’s group the “Groovy colours”, so a fun night ahead for everyone!