Watching the sunrise from the Wisdom Tree after around 40 minutes walking, made the 5am start worth it. Having everyone silent and watching as the sun rise, was a perfect start to the final day on project.
Another hour later, we returned to our camp, with Docas and Ivy's porridge awaiting us. The morning mainly consisted of packing bags, cleaning the compound, puting finishing touches on the classroom and preparing for lunch with the village.
somehow we managed to fit around 40 people into and around our compound, with each of us engaging and interacting with locals that we recognised from the villages. Several heated games of cards later, with Milana definitely not living up to her sore loser award, definitely not, and Rachel absolutely smashing NORU (a Malawian card game taught us by the lovely builders), we went outside and began the closing ceremony. With Docas, our very own dancing Queen, leading us out, we gave our farewell speeches, with motet performing 'going up a yonder' and the group providing another spectacular rendition of Mamma Mia. The rest was filled with some amazing (if we say so ourselves) dancing with all the locals around the drums and singing. Probably one of the most unique experiences followed, with three traditional dancers coming out, and scaring the life out of Tom and myself (Corey). The dance was amazing, with lots of sand being kicked around. It isn't really something I can put into words, but I'm sure we will explain when we return.
After several invasions from chickens (we assumed they were from chicken run) and a motorcycle, we all danced with the locals for around two hours. The dancing in Malawi is truly an amazing experience, and something we will keep with us forever.
Dinner was spaghetti bolognese, which was gratefully received and eaten. Mrs Twinham gave us a surprise (chocolate bars) as a congratulations did getting through the project. We are now getting ready for our final sleep, with a long drive ahead of us tomorrow.
This is the final time we will stay in Manyenje village, and it is fair to say that we have all grown as individuals and closer as a team throughout this trip. We have all had a fantastic time, and have put every piece of energy we can into the classroom, and improving the lives of the amazing people here. The locals, the project and the people we have come out here with will make Manyenje village a place we will always treasure.
The answer from yesterday's blog is all of the above.
QOTD: Who was the best dancer?
good night x
From Corey, Rachel and Anu.