Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Our Campus

Rising Star is truly an oasis in the middle of nowhere. It was built in the middle of a mango orchard. Rice paddies are all along the road leading in.
The road leading to our campus.
The campus is totally surrounded by a gated wall. It has its own source of electriciy and clean, drinking water. Wireless internet is also available. And it is far better than my ATT Lite. This is the entrance.
This is the school building. It is K-10th.
The pathway that leads to the volunteer housing. People buy bricks. There are many with David Archuleta or variations thereof from many of his fans worldwide. He apparently came to the campus.
Volunteer housing, aka, the Elephant House. This is where I stay.
My room. There are beds for 7. During busy volunteer periods they will all be filled. Right now I have the room to myself, though my roommate arrives tomorrow. Notice the A/C.
This is the dining hall. The children sit on the floor and eat with their hands. Rice (either white, yellow or red) is served every meal along with yellow saucy things served with it. Sometimes fruit. Everything has a kick to it. I think the serving dishes are lined up in order of spiciness. I stick with the rice and the first sauce. I eat breakfast and lunch back at the Elephant House.
The majority of the students live on campus most of the year. They have dorm style quarters with house moms residing with them.
The children love their play time. The boys play basketball, soccer and cricket. The girls play badminton and on the equipment. We've taught them 4 Square and Hopscotch.
There are several vans for the medical group that goes out to the colonies and several vans to transport volunteers to places. Thank goodness we are not driving. Driving is insane.


Jamie Y.

I'm so glad I came across your blog, I loved going through and reading all of your old posts and living vicariously through your travels. You are an amazing lady, your family crosses my mind often and I'm so glad you're doing so well. Safe travels!

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