We are getting ready to travel again, and as usual are just catching up with the Blog from last year's Trip
There is something just so magical about coming down the mountain path into the peacefulness of this valley. This little girl waving as she tends the water buffalo while her mother works in the field
It is as if time has just stood still...........
But Time is NOT standing still in Da Mo
.......and nowhere is the contrast more clear than in the first houses in the village.
On the right the old house with dangerous roof and poor facilities.
On the left, a shiny new house built with bricks supplied by the Government and built by the villagers.
In some ways life is improving for the Da Mo people, tho many of the girls tell us they preferred their old houses. Some of course are still in their old houses
with bamboo walls which protect from neither rain, wind or sun......
The biggest problem is that there is still very little land for crops & few ways for families to earn more money.
Life is still tough........
( happy to get out of the van on that treacherous road!)
..and come racing up the hill excitedly to meet their friends
dressed in their exquisite, hand sewn, Miao costumes for the occasion!
There are just no adequate words to describe this
The boys of Da Mo,
who I am sure wonder about why the girls there get such special treatment from people around the world?
This does not cover all of the girls needs but makes a difference to help them to go, and stay at school.
More than this it builds connections with the girls so that they do not feel alone in facing their difficult circumstances- they have friends in the Guangxi Girls team who are there for them,
and they know that friends & families around the world care about them!
Then Time to celebrate!!!!!!!!
It is always around Siona's Birthday and I am sure she thinks we are singing for her....
and while we are -
we are also singing for every one of the precious girls here
who do not normally have the chance to celebrate Birthdays or eat Cake!
So precious for my girls to just be able to "muck in" with their pals in Da Mo, tucking into their noodles.
For me,and them, this is beyond price, and we are blessed!
Girls with the amazing dolls whose costumes are hand made by women in the village.
The women are so excited to see their dolls and costumes with people around the world
who just LOVE them!
Looking thro the photos from that special day almost one year ago, it was just impossible to include in one blog, all the special memories. I just have to hope that for sponsors and friends of Da Mo, the photos I have chosen have painted a picture more eloquent than any of my words........
..and so I leave with this amazing photo of an amazing girl
growing up in the poverty of Da Mo,
with her unique spirit,
full of Hope,
sparked into life by the support of her sponsor and friends around the world.
Thank you Sponsors and friends of Da Mo...
You are part of something precious!