Birthdays are celebrated monthly at
, and each month, it’s one of the volunteer’s jobs to plan a party for
all the kids whose birthday falls in that month. As a birthday party for November didn’t end
up happening, Abby and I combined the November and December kids into one
party. All the kids were about 10 years
or older, so we started thinking about what types of fun things we could do for
their party. Tudor Village
First, we thought about doing the “standard” Light in
Africa birthday party.
We’d have sodas, little cakes, everyone would get a small gift, invite
one of their friends, and we’d all play games.
The problem we kept coming up with though, is what game does a group of
nine kids (aged 10 to 15) want to play?
Pin the tail on the donkey? Na,
probably not. What about donkey rides
from a local Maasai? Also, not likely
the local Maasai woman would not be interested in removing her water buckets
from her donkey to accommodate. Maybe
laser tag and ice skating at the local event center? We called, but they were all booked up with
other parties. So…we decided to do
something a little different, but ever popular.
Instead of getting them gifts and having a party at , we’d take the birthday kids swimming at a hotel. Tudor Village
Sounds easy right, well – nothing ever is here. It’s the best and worst part about this place. We planned to leave around , but only two of the kids showed up. Silly us – they eat around 1, we should have known they would not leave before eating lunch. We finally left around , loading six people in one tuk-tuk (rickshaw) and five people in another. Then, we went to the bus station in Boma, found an empty dala-dala and waited for about 25 minutes until they crammed another 15 people in the minivan.
After finally arriving in Moshi about an hour later, we had to walk about 30 minutes to the hotel we were planning on swimming out. Only problem was, we found out it was closed for a wedding. Plan B was swimming at the local YMCA. We paid about 30,000 shillings for fourteen of us to swim (two other kids and an adult had been at the local hospital for tests so they were able to join us).
Swimming suits in
are not your normal suits. They pretty much wear whatever they have
(shirt and shorts), so getting seven preteen to teen girls outfitted
appropriately for swimming was actually a bit of an ordeal. There was plenty of swapping shorts, giggles,
and then swapping again. Finally…we made
it to the pool around . Tanzania
The kids had an amazing time - laughing, splashing, trying to float and trying to drown. Abby and I had a great time having goose bumps for the first time since we’d arrived in
We had to get out of the pool at , as we have a -ish (dark) curfew, but a pool party is a fantastic party in any country.