After weeks of faithful practice and preparation, Sunday, Dec. 2, the day of the parade, finally arrived. All of the children lined up in their formations, and marched out of the gates of the City of Hope at 3:00pm. The preparation included Imani Chacha working with the children in his drum line, Libby Hase working with the dancers and Alaina Ledyard working with the flags. Greta Ledyard helped out the percussion by directing the children in making shakers from bamboo. They marched, danced, sang and played their instruments through the villages of Ntagatcha and Borega, stopping at the markets in the center of the village to perform. Kyle Ledyard and Richard Murray drove the truck and the tractor between villages. Since Sunday is market day in Borega, the roads were packed with people. This experience was challenging in that none of the children had ever done anything like this before but very rewarding. We want to thank Martinsville High School for donating the marching drums and carriers. The community was amazed to see these strong, healthy children, full of life, hope and confidence. It is such a contrast to how the children were when they first arrived in March of 2009.
Now we are looking forward to Dec. 18th, when we are having a Christmas celebration for the community. We have collected gifts for the children from their sponsors and also candy and pencils to be given out to the children in the community. We have also had several beef cows donated for the feast. We are targeting those who are most needy in the community. Christmas is such an exciting time at Teamwork City of Hope!!!