But for me it was a photography class with some budding young photographers. My time with them was an abundance of selfies, group shots and fun. Each and every time I turned the camera around to show the children a picture of themselves their eyes would light up and they would either shyly giggle or roar with laughter. I will never forget one cheeky young girl with pig-tail ringlets and huge brown eyes who managed (with a few pushes and shove) to get herself in almost every shot.
After nearly two hours we reluctantly said goodbye to our new friends. With rumbling bellies we travelled to our next destination: lunch prepared by and with the Kuchcheveli community leaders. Mouth-watering dahl, delicious prawn curry and fresh crab was followed by a group discussion. We spoke with local government officials, preschool teachers, mothers and fathers, and youth leaders about the challenges they face, how ChildFund is helping them and the importance of the goat project for their villages. Their gratitude felt unwarranted but we were all very happy that they felt the families would benefit immensely from our support.
The day ended with a visit to meet a family of an Australian-sponsored child who will be receiving goats in January. A short visit turned into a long visit after we were stopped by the army to verify who we were. Though not nearly as serious as it sounds, we spent the 40 minutes eating ice cream and playing with a slingshot with local kids!
After the fun of the previous day, day two had some tough competition but it did not disappoint. Our visit to a ChildFund-supported early childhood centre (a preschool) began with the children, all five years and under, playing instruments and welcoming Sue and Emma at the door with flowers.