We had an early pick-up from
When we arrived all the girls were in their classes, which gave us some time to settle in the volunteer dorms. We both got private light blue rooms with flower curtains, ensuite bathrooms (!!) and double beds with mosquito nets. Then we were given a tour of the campus by the volunteers from
The students at Bethsaida have full days with activities from 6 am to 11 pm, beginning with a morning run and ending with evening studies. Since most of the 120 girls are on holiday now, the schedule is a bit more laid-back. Still, the girls present have lessons to attend starting at 7 am. At the girls have an hour long gospel style prayer session in the dining hall, involving energetic singing and drumming. Even in the evenings the hard working girls have to spend a couple of hours in the classrooms to complete their homework and study.
At the moment a few former students cook for the volunteers, they are excellent chefs. For our first dinner we were served rice, pea curry, stew with vegetables, coconut milk and cooking banana. In the evening we set up a time to meet with the head mistress Maristella in order to plan the groups and the timetables for our art workshops.