This week our group has been working with the Chanukeni community, paving the way for 2 new classrooms so that theåÊchildren have a proper space to learn in. Currently all 40åÊchildren sit in one small mud hut with no floor andåÊthatched roof. We started off by being introduced to the children, most of whom are about 4/5 years old and hyperactive beyond belief. They sang us songs and proudly chanted us through the alphabets in English before we began our project outside. Firstly, we had to clear the overgrown patch of grass and tress. This was a tiring and lengthy excise but also incredibly satisfying when done. Plus, we got to useåÊslashers, machetes and axes, which was probably the highlight of the day. A couple of us went a little axe-happy and dug out roots that a mechanical digger would never have found-but loved it. Then we had to build a shed that would keep the bricks for the main building dry while they set. Again, we cleared the patch, levelled the ground and concreted poles in place for the structure. Finally we wrote our names in the floor-forever remembered..for a shed. TheåÊchildren loved watching us and helped out whenever they could. I‰Ûªve learned though that pushing a wheelbarrow with one kid on your back, one on your side and another climbing your legs like a coconut tree is hilarious but nor very productive. This week we also spent a day in Muhaka village experiencing the local culture. The day was spent shadowing a family-the girls learning how to cultivate and cook in traditional ways while the men hunted and prepared a live chicken for food. We all wore traditional dresses, collected firewood which we learned how to carry on our heads and sang traditional songs in the sacred forest before visiting the witchdoctor and sampling palm wine. The food they cooked was gorgeous and overall it was a fantastic experience-loved by all.