Tuesday morning was beautiful. After loading our luggage back onto the bus, and another amazing breakfast, we made our way to a school to learn about and take part in SKILLZ; an organization helping to educate girls about sexual health, HIV/AIDS, as well as leadership skills and overall confidence. There, we were able to play soccer with some of the kids in the Grassroots Soccer Program, and listen in on their everyday lessons involved with the program. The joy and overwhelming happiness was astounding to me. Their gratitude was so fulfilling and really put everything into perspective.
After our time at the school, we traveled to the Concern office and ate a beautiful lunch before our long drive to Mua Mission. We drove about five hours up and around beautiful mountains, to Mua. When we arrived, we toured the museum, which was all about spiritual beliefs melded with the Christian faith. The museums were beautiful; some of them were so sacred we weren't allowed to take any pictures. While at Mua, we were able to shop at their art store, where I bought some bowls and spoons to bring back home. Everything was so beautiful.
We stayed overnight at Mua Mission, where my hotel room was home to a salamander:) Sylvia and I attempted to get it out, but in the end we gave up and asked the kind man who worked there to put the little creature outside for the night. Dinner was beautiful and looked out over a river and flowering trees. Today was extremely inspiring and full of new and completely different things than the day before.
In only a few hours out in the field, I learned more than I ever had before. The sense of community these villages have was so moving to me, and made me realize that we're often missing that sense of community here at home. Day two was certainly different than day one, full of new and intriguing projects and programs that I was able to learn about and be a part of. Though the villages were not the same, the people still greeted us with song, dance, and smiling faces. Their joy was the most beautiful thing in the world, and the feeling of being there with them was simply irreplaceable.