Some of my students from the university were having dinner with the students at Jubilee School, and their teacher-house parent. Can you tell which ones (3 of them) are my students, and who is the house-parent?
Dinner this evening consisted of millet (小米) porridge and steamed buns with meat fillings. The food is simple but healthy and tasty. Some of the kids ate more than 10 buns for dinner! The quality of the food has been greatly improved compared with what we encountered when we visited back in January. It turned out a Christian volunteer came up here in July to train the kitchen staff how to cook. We are, of course, very grateful.
The kids live in suites of about 10 kids each, with a house parent. There are supposed to be teachers who teach, and a different group of house parents who take care of the kids. However, it is very difficult to recruit staff for an orphan school in such a poor and remote place. And many teachers have to double up as house parents.
We are exhausted at the end of each day, after spending 9 am until 9 pm taking care of the kids. We can bear it because we are here only for one week, and we know we can go home to recuperate. It is hard to imagine how one can do this 24 hours a day, for 7 days a week, for any entended periods. In a town with 2 convenience stores, 2 or 3 noodle shops, no book stores, and no entertainment.
All teachers are Christians.