Where to even start…I found out a couple days ago that Eli Africa was planning to take the kids who attend the Roche Bois and Pamplemousse centers out on a little excursion, I was hyped but it wasn’t until the day itself that I realized that there’s nothing better than being part of this Eli Family!
We started off the day at 9am at the Roche Bois center (yes it was hard to wake up early on a saturday morning if you were wondering but it was totally worth it!). As soon as I reached the center there was an inhumanly amount of energy flying around the room and not to mention the insane amount of smiles that were spread across these children’s faces as they were impatiently awaiting for the bus to arrive, every five minutes I would get the same question “Miss!!!! cot bus la???” (Miss, where’s the bus??) Finally the bus arrived and in less then two minutes the kids all got themselves onto the bus along with all the drink and food boxes…a record I must say! Once the engine was started so was the launching of what was to be an incredible day! Our first destination was the Eli Forest to plant some endemic trees! The children were explained the importance of endemic trees and how to plant them by Sam and soon enough we were each given a plant and headed out with the leadership of both Sam and Vedant to the planting locations. We spent an hour planting our little trees through a “follow the steps” method which you will find below:
1) Put the Bagass
2) Take off the Plastic
3) Make sure to not break the roots
4)Put in the soil and make sure the plant stands up straight
5) Put water!
When all of this was done we went back to the bus where everyone got a sandwich and there was a brief moment of silence on the bus as everybody was enjoying the food and re-hydrating themselves! Next was destination No.2 = Bras D’Eau. Bras D’eau is an absolutely stunning area which is mainly made up of forest. The kids were able to see the ‘adult’ version of some endemic trees and learnt some history about Mauritius!
Last and the most exciting destination was the beach! We headed for Post Lafayette, where we quickly got changed and were in the water in no time! Sam headed the “Backward Flips” station and I was in charge of launching the swimming races! We learnt the hard way that the animal shells sometimes left on the rocks are sharp! But there is always place for new experiences whether good or bad!
The day was concluded by the singing and playing of sega songs on the bus to once again heighten the atmosphere! Sometimes its as simple as planting a tree and being with children who appreciate the education that they are given at Eli Africa that changes one’s feelings and aims in life! What a great experience and I have a feeling that this memory will stay at the forefront of my experiences as my life continues to go on.
Thanks Eli Africa! For Everything…