Volunteering at the Sisters’ house

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The experiences at the sisters are always very nice. I play with children and some of them seem to be happy spending time with me. One very young looks like Pepito the smallest child in the film “Les enfants de Monsieur Matthieu” 🙂 However, sometimes I look at them and I am sad, I know they are HIV infected and AIDS could suddenly arise. I wonder why life is sometimes so ugly to children…
I started to teach some english. Their level is not very high (my english level is far from being high enough to teach it but there it is ok). As I checked how far they can count I noticed they had many problem to differenciate the pronounciation of 13/30, 14/40, 15/50, … After a few exercises I switched on algebra and there they were really very good. They needed some explanations but afterwards could count very fast and very easy.
Later on as I had a chess game with me I proposed one child to play it. Another came immediately and they played together. They did not know very good the rules. I just showed more or less how to move on the squares and after 30 minutes they were very good. Able to understand what they could move, the risks they may face because of the other player’s game configuration. I was amazed that after only a few explanation they were able to play so good.
They played a long time, other children came and learned as well. Many wanted to understand the rules. Maybe because it is a different game. I hope I can find some books describing better how to play and written in Thai …

On Tuesday the 16th of October, the sisters had planned to bring the kids to a water fall for the so called year picnic. This is a good opportunity for the children to have fun outside the house. I left my hotel at 5:15 AM to be at the sisters at 7:40 AM… We left the house of the sisters at 8:00. It took to the bus around 3 hours to reach the place. We took a guide who brought us through a kind of jungle ending with huge rocks where we had to do some fitness to climb and discover a wonderful panorama. After this we went back and ended in a kind of small market where very nice memories were sold around 15 Baht (less than 50 euro cents). At that place the prices were incredibly low. People looked like central America one.
We then took a kind of Dalla Dalla to go back to our arrival point and our bus brought us close to the water fall. There children played almost one hour in very cold water. They are really restless. After this we went back. After 2,5 hours drive we arrived a little before 5.25PM at the house and I was home around 8:00PM. After going out to dinner my bed became my best friend…