Camryn Didi - Camryn Clement

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!! Today I’m writing in Dulla, our village, and typing what I wrote next to a very large fire that shoots sparks all over everyone. So that’s cool. It’s so crazy to think that I’m on the other side of the planet, but I honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Even though these kids we teach have grown up in such a different culture and place, I’ve learned that they’re really still just kids. They have good days and bad days, they laugh and (occasionally) cry, and they’re N-A-U-G-H-T-Y. Since Monday, they’ve gotten so comfortable with us, which means it takes much more energy to keep them on task and entertained. Yesterday, we had Jake, the medic come to school with, and he checked each kid for lice, scabies, ringworm, and overall health issues. Out of twenty-seven kids, only one has lice, and it’s not even in his hair. it’s stuck in his ear. We have two or three other kids with stuff stuck in their ears- bugs, and one has part of a plastic toy- but our medic decided it would be best to leave them until a doctor with tools could check them out. All of the kids have serious dental issues except for the adorable Anuj. Some have small holes in the front of their teeth, while others have solid black molars. It’s amazing to me how happy they are even with the immense pain that these cavities must bring. Luckily, the rotted teeth are mostly baby teeth which means they should fall out and have healthier teeth grow in. 

The kids personalities have really come through, and man a lot of them are so so naughty. Anuj the cutie thinks he runs the show, and waltzes around winking at our team. Sometimes he gets fairly aggressive with the other kids and pushes them around, but no one in the red team stands for that kind of behavior so he’s learning to be nicer. We have a cute little girl with a big bug stuck in her ear named Divanshika, but she is quite the pill. She knows exactly what she wants, and for the most part won’t comply with anything but that. Today we learned that we have four sets of twins, three sets of twin girls, and one set that has a boy and a girl. Not only that, but almost every single kid is related to the rest either directly or cousins. We have a very small school, and it’s so high up in the Himalayas that we can only assume there’s only a few families that live around there and send their kids to our school. The cutest little girl was so sad today around our third rotation, and after talking with our translator and the teacher, we learned that Venshika was sick with a fever. I was the group leader today which meant I didn’t teach any lessons, so I sat outside with her and she drew me a picture of her house. I realize just how much I love these little kids more and more each day. I was close to tears when we saw one of the families after school, when they had changed out of their school uniforms and were in their street clothes, playing with the lid of a bucket, a stick, and a stray dog. It wasn’t really me feeling sorry for them, but more just me wanting to be with them longer than just seven days. 

I love love love these kids, and I can’t wait to show you the thousands of pictures I’ve taken of them :) I’m feeling great, none of us have been sick, and I’m having such a blast. I love where I am and what I’m doing, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be here.

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