A Day Without Power

August 11, 2009 at 8:36 am 1 comment

We started our second week of computer camp today. We had planned to spend some time with the kids exploring Maze (surprisingly enough, an activity where you go through a maze), and then finally have a small Maze tournament with the children racing each other to see who could complete the maze the fastest. However, the power at the school went out about 10 minutes after all the kids got settled.

Power outages are fairly frequent, occurring several times a week and lasting anywhere from under a minute to more than a day. Normally, a power outage just means we have to cook by candlelight after dark. At our computer camp, the lack of power meant that about a fifth of the computers ran out of charge within the first half hour. Even the kids with laptops that were mostly charged quickly ran through their batteries because of frequent restarting; the kids have a tendency to freeze the computers by opening too many activities.

We tried to adapt by letting some children play on our personal computers, but eventually we had all the kids play outside, in hopes the power would return. It never did, so we spent the entire day playing outside, teaching the kids Red Light, Green Light, Jump Rope, and Freeze Tag.

Its hard to believe that we only have two more weeks here. I wish we had more time to work with the kids and the teachers, but the delay in customs really cut into our time with the XOs at Lova Soa.

-Mary

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  • 1. Susie Buckwald  |  August 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    You are all doing an amazing job with what you have had to deal with. I can understand your frustration about the time you have lost, but it is, and will be an unforgettable experience.

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