So here's part 2 of this latest blog!! I hope you all enjoyed part 1!
While there, I did a bit of exploring around the area. I didn't have to go too far to see so many cool places! The rice fields, which are all over, were incredible!! This was one just down from the school. The photo above is my favorite! I love the bright green fields and the awesome clouds.
I went those these rice fields two days in row. One, because they are so amazing, and two, because I wanted to bring a different camera each time. Both times the two women were working in the fields. And the second day, their daughters were there as well. The younger of the two talked to me almost the whole time I was there. They both attend the school and remembered me.
Sometimes it's good to change your point of view when you are looking at things! When I showed my friends this photo, they thought it was coolest thing and had never seen the rice fields at that angle.
Faly is shucking beans that they have harvested. He said they have been growing these beans for years. He also shared with me that he has been blessing those in the village with these beans, have been planting them all around. He hopes that in the coming years, everyone in the village will have access to these beans to enjoy!
By the second or third day of visiting the school, whenever the kids were out on recess, I could hear my name being said all around me, wanting photos with their friends, with their classmates.
I love black and white photos, and I love black and white photos of kids laughing and smiling! These girls were so funny...I think I took close to 10 photos of them, in different poses. I took one and they said, another, another! This one was my favorite of them all!
These students were learning to play basketball during their recess. Some of the were really good. Later on, in the afternoon, some of jr high students were out playing and I joined in. I hadn't played basketball in years, but it was a lot of fun. As you see in the photo above, many of the kids played barefoot. The ground was pretty dusty. I had never played basketball barefoot before, just soccer. As I was playing, just in my flip flops, they kept flying off. I ended up tossing them off and it was a lot easier!
Of course the kids were playing soccer at every recess! They really good at this game! And very creative as well, as you see the ball is made up of plastic bags tied all together into a ball.
I love being able to capture pure joy and laughter through my photos!!
This girl pictured above, she became my little buddy that week. From the first day she would call out my name, she would run up to me and give me a big hug each time we met. She would want me to take her photos, especially when she was eating something! When I left I had to make sure I said goodbye to her. I gave her a big hug! Her Mom (who’s a teacher at the school), asked her if she was going to miss me…she nodded yes. She was really the sweetest little thing!
"You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you" - John Bunyan
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can" - Charles Wesley
"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive" - H. Thurman
Thank you again Faly and Clara for letting me come and spend 8 amazing days with you and your family!!