Last week we drove out to a village to attend another NGO’s open art fair. There were promises of painting, local crafts, and games. That is pretty much all we need to make a date of it. When you live where there are not many activities or special things for kids you jump at any opportunity and we were excited to attend. The ride to actually get there proved to be a bit challenging but alas we stayed the course and after directions, spinning wheels, mud, and bumpy “roads” (we’ll call them that for the sake of story telling) we made it! Apparently we are not the only ones who jump at the chance for family fun as there were a ton of Wazungu folk (even some kids I taught and Anni went to school with way back when) and local community kids there as well.
We learned how to roll paper beads with some women, Anni got her face painted and won a pencil for knocking down empty bottles, we danced with ribbons, J and I bought a locally handmade puppet doll for Anni for Christmas while she was occupied with games, and J even won a art poster in a raffle! Also, we got to chat with the NGO director who showed us around the beautiful banda they built for the community use, teaching children in the village, and offering classes for adults. It got us dreaming and wheels turning for sure. Art and inspiration and fun all in one day!