It was that time of year again when the entire high school descends onto an interior village for nearly two weeks. This time they went to a village a few hours drive away from the beautiful mountain city of Wamena. During the next 11 days each group went into an additional outlying village as well. There many of them had the experience of sleeping in a traditional honai. Or not sleeping… 🙂 During their time the kids installed water tanks, a very long water pipe from a bubbling stream to a village, did kids club, HIV/AIDS awareness presentations, hiked, worked on gardens, cooked food for each other, cleaned load upon load of dishes, were taught each day by a missionary and had just plain fun! At the end each of the girls in the high school received a traditional net bag called a noken. Quite an honour as it takes quite some time to make each bag.
It is a privilege to be invited into a village and be for a time with the local people and see up close how they live and work. I’m grateful that my children could have this opportunity to be challenged in this unique way. My prayer is that they came home from this experience with more than just the mud on their clothes and shoes and the photographs they took.