Damian is pictured on a boat on lake Chilwa heading to the isolated village on the isalnd there on Sunday....
He continues the story:
" Wednesday and Thursday was back to the nuts and bolts with PE lessons at Luntha and also with lessons for the teachers in computing. I was again nervous about these as I am by no means a computer expert as any 7 year old in UK could observe. In the event, the base knowledge of the teachers was nil so the sessions went well and will continue in coming weeks.
We have now set up a Football league and a Netball league amongst the youth groups which Fr. Ernest leads on Saturdays. Both leagues have 7 teams in them. We have tried to get an 8th but have been unable to do so. I have therefore written home and asked whether my old teammates from the St Augustine's Darlington Team fancy a season of away games on bumpy pitches against mostly barefoot players. I await their response but I think I know what it will be. Ditto any netball playing ladies. The first games are due on 9th May but I am not 100% confident that they will happen as I am now learning that things very seldom happen to plan here. The youths involved are all very enthusiastic but had no equipment so I contacted some football contacts in Darlington and I have been able to get each football and netball team a ball and they are going to do some labouring and other work around their villages in order to produce an income for replacement balls and eventually strips. Middlesbrough Football Club have sent me some kit which is unfortunately still somewhere in transit. I am not sure what they have sent but it will be welcome whatever it is.
Luntha School also asked me whether I could help with the supply of sports equipment. They had a whole shopping list of what they need. When I retired from the Bank, the staff had a collection for me and I told them that rather than buy me a gift, I would like them to keep it till I found something of lasting use out here which they could fund. I have therefore arranged for two concrete Table Tennis Tables to be built. They are massively engineered and should be completed next week. I have bought 4 TT bats and a supply of balls which I will give to the school.
I have arranged a further Hygiene Session with a group of 10 Women and with Sister Catherine assisting. I got the buckets with the taps and the bowls in Blantyre on Monday and we are set to run it on Thursday p.m. I will let you know how it goes.
This week I have St Michael's School English lessons on Monday and Tuesday. I am also hoping to run an English Club over Tuesday lunch break to hold a discussion in English. I'm not sure whether it will happen and how many may turn up. Bridget, I will call in at the Teachers' centre and try and get the information which you asked for. I have PE and computer at Luntha on Wed. and Thurs. "
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