Wednesday, 9 February 2011

This Time Last Year: Update on the Sulit Paitan Kindergarten.

This time last year, Expedition 10A teams were out at Kampung Sulit Paitan, building a big, yellow kindergarten for the children of the village.

Thanks to our project partner, Asian Forestry Company (AFC), we had the chance to visit the Sulit Paitan kindergarten in January. We were there to meet with the lovely Sister Dorothy, the person in charge of the Sulit Paitan kindergartens as well as several other makeshift kindergartens in the region. (Sister Dorothy is our main contact for the Alpha 1 kindergarten in the extremely remote Sonsogon Magandai, which is currently inaccessible due to weather and road conditions).

We arrived at Sulit Paitan in the mid-morning to find singing children in the kindergarten! 

They were singing a song they sing at the end of each day, "Thank you teacher, thank you friends, I've learnt so much today. It's time to go, but I'll be back tomorrow, to learn and sing and play..."

The kindergarten is up and running, currently attended by 32 little children from the ages of 4 to 6 and 3 teachers. Check out these pictures from our visit!

Kampung Sulit Paitan







Sister Dorothy, Mac, Sarah, Yo, two teachers and the children 

Sister Dorothy and Drew Boshell from AFC

Heading home after school

  Future students of the kindergarten

*This kindergarten was sponsored by the Dutch foundation, Les Paquerettes

6 comments:

Caroline said...

To Mac, Sarah, Chris, Helen, Paula, James, Yo, Lolli and Pedro!

Its great to see everything that is happening on 11B - we're not jealous at all !! hehehe We hope that everything is going well for Phase 1 and more importantly who won the ice cream competition - we hope it was James, this time !!!

Missing you all lots and lots, and toasting you with a particularly nice cold glass of NZ Savingnon Blanc!! hehe

Lots of love from Andrea and Caroline on tour in the Bay of Islands xxxxx

Caroline said...

To Mac, Sarah, Chris, Paula, Helen, James, Yo, Lolli and Pedro!

Hope everything is going well for phase 1 of 11B, we are following it all on the blog and not jealous at all !! Can you let us know who won the ice cream eating competition - James, we hope it was you!!!

We are toasting you all with a very nice bottle (!!) of cold NZ Sauvingon Blanc and following all your exploits on the blog.

With lots of love from on tour in the Bay of Islands
Andrea and Caroline
xxxx

Anonymous said...

Message to Tim Silvester Hi Tim hope you are having great time. Just wanted to let you know that we have heard from 3 universities in the US and you have been offered places at them all. They are Hofstra, University of Connecticut and University of San Francisco. love Mum and Dad

Anonymous said...

To Camilo (Alpha 1)

We love you so much. We miss you. Happy birthday late. I sent you a message but i don´t if you received it. We looked you in a picture on the web site. ONLY 1. I hope you enjoy yours days, all yours ralations, all your life.
Kisses.Mami

Luise Lotte said...

hi Mathieu in alpha 4,

Je bent nu denk ik op de helft van het berenproject of misschien al klaar als je dit berichtje krijgt.We wachten nog altijd wat blogs af.....De laatste en enige update is meer als een week oud.We zijn zoooo nieuwsgierig naar wat jullie daar allemaal uitvoeren.
Er gaat vandaag een pakje op de post,of het snelle of langzame post is moeten we afwachten !
Nog geen nieuws van de uni,s.Misschien had je dit al meegekregen,papa had een berichtje geschreven maar ik zie het nog niet verschijnen.
Heb je het naar je zin, heb je een beetje contact met de locals enne zitten jullie elkaar elke avond te "vlooien" of beter gezegd teken-check.
Hier alles rustig ,Ghislaine heeft een weekje vrij,die slaapt lang uit en loopt verder heerlijk in haar pyama rond (waarom zou ik me aankleden).
Vanochtend om 4.45 op ( waarschijnlijk kom jij er ook zo vroeg uit) om papa naar het vliegveld te brengen.Die is een paar dagen naar Roemenie.
Oh ja, papa heeft een soort pomp in de vijver gedaan 2 weken terug en het ziet er nu veel beter en helderder uit.Zelfs de vissen zijn goed te zien en het worden er steeds meer,20 + of zo.
Nou vent, veel plezier en tot blogs,kus mama

Graham and Teresa said...

Hi Carly and rest of Alpha9, looks like you are having a great time as well as doing something for those not as fortunate. We keep checking the blog, mum prints off to show everyone at mri,lots of interest. Cant believe you are front and middle of a photo!
Love you lots, Mum & Dad. Shawn the sheep missing you!