This week we would like to start with news about Pika. We tell you every week a story about her improvement, now we can tell you she made a big step, again! If you have seen our Facebook Page you would have seen the video we uploaded; Pika swimming all by herself without any help of floating material or one of us holding her so she would stay with her head above the water. Wednesday, as the video gives you the proof, she did it! In seventeen strokes she made it to the other side of the swimming pool and with a bigger smile on her face, as we saw her having before, she could not believe it herself when we told her no one was helping her under the water. She did not stop laughing for the whole day and we were so happy we could tell all the staff from YKPA orphanage what she did! Pika, we are so proud of you! Again!
Thursday, we had a lot of fun again with the streetkids during the English Lesson. We had bought a lot of paper, for everyone a big white one and some of them in different colours. At the orphanage we got many pencils in all kind of colours, pairs of scissors and glue. The assignment was as followed; move your tables and chairs on the side of the classroom and paint, draw, paste, colour, make what ever you would like to make on your own white huge paper. As long you know what it is and you know how to write in it English. They began quietly, but after a few minutes the whole ground was covered by all the equipment. Coloured paper, pencils, glue and the pairs of scissors. English names appeared on the side next to the figures that the kids drew. They had fun, loved the craftwork and learned at the same time. And the most important thing, they got some confidence in themselves. Their imagination found its freedom and they could draw beautiful landscapes.
After telling you these moments of happiness, but this weeks highlight was the surf competition. After a lot of work and patience, the day had come. Sunday morning, the sun was shining, a blue sky appeared and the perfect waves were waiting. The kids from the talent group and the basic program of Soul surf project Bali arrived at Rip Curl School of Surf and after a short introduction and explanation it was time. With the surfboards to the beach, they were ready to start.
We can’t tell you, using enough detailed words, what a great surfers they are. With a lot of joy we spent the morning surfing and the judges were giving the points. In the new album on our Facebook page called ‘Surf Competition – 2nd March 2014,’ you will find the pictures of the day! All we want to end this blog with is, of course, the winners. The best of the whole competition is… Arjun! The boy who conquered the best waves and got the highest points! Then we have the best 3 participants on our list. The best of the boys; 1; Arjun and Deni. 2; Merta. The best of the girls: 1; Ria. 2; Veronika. 3; Jerjanti All of you, congratulations! You all did an amazing job and we are proud of you!