On the way back, we have some kids following us all the way to the cliff. At this point, they showed us 3 ways to go. The path going up has a lot of poisoned bugs. The path going down is relatively flat but the we must pass a hell section that is very narrow and the other side is the cliff, in other words, one step wrong means I’m over. After evaluating all 3 choices, we chose the path going down, which also means that we are putting our lives on the line hoping we don’t fall off the cliff.
Now we passed this hell section. We can wave back to the children who followed us all the way to the cliff and say bye-bye. I really wanted to say see you tomorrow but I can’t.
I’ll be leaving tomorrow because my plane is on the 25th as well as the school started ( I’m late for school ), but other volunteers will stay here for 7days. This time it is an enjoyable cooperation with chengdu YMCA volunteers; we look forward to future cooperations.
We pre-made 48 tickets and passes them to every child. To ensure every child can get the magic of their own favorite, every ticket can exchange a magic gimmick so that they can be distributed evenly. Then the children goes to their own favorite station to learn magic. Including me, we have total 6 volunteers and 2 other for assistance, so we have 6 stations each of a different magic. Including sponge heart, linking ring, rubber band, mental magic, silk changing color, and card magics that I’m teaching. I trained the other volunteers last night, so they can take on the other 5 stations. I predicted that–and indeed it is the case–most of the children will rush to me causing uneven distributed items, where items of each kind is limited. I symbolically add a pop-quiz to filter out people leaving only people who is truly interested in card magic.
Question for you, how many sheep are there in the picture?
We pre-made 48 tickets and passes them to every child. To ensure every child can get the magic of their own favorite, every ticket can exchange magic gimmick so that they can be distributed evenly.
In the afternoon, we are going to climb the mountain again to see the children. We took the same path yesterday. Recall yesterday I used my magic and produced a stick to help me go up. It took me 1 hour and I was almost dead when I get up there. Today I was prepared. To get a stronger grip than a stick, I found a mop in the garbage place. With the help of this mop, I got up there in half a hour without any middle break. Not to mention the previous group from Hong Kong took 1 hour and 40 minutes–I feel so proud. Half way up there, we meet some of the kids yesterday collecting corn canes. They were very welcoming us, and they gave us some corn canes. What is corn cane? It is exactly the same as sugar cane but from corn and it’s thinner.
Today we originally planned to revisited the children in the morning and teach them some magic tricks. I the afternoon, after lunch, we give them a chance to perform. However, it’s now raining in the morning. It’s just impossible to re-climb the mountain in the rain. So we have to change the plan to visited the elders in the morning and visit the children in the afternoon. Actually we already visited the elders last night, but that was a brief visit that I only performed the linking ring. Our visit today is much longer. Not only I performed more magic, but also other volunteers are leading them to dance.I found that the elders here are much more passionate and open compare to the elders in Guangyuan.
After we finish doing everything on the top of the mountain, now we go down the mountain. Now we are crossing the corn field. Until here, it is still the easy part.
In this journey, we, magic4hope, cooperated with YMCA chengdu together made this event successful. I also meet other volunteers from YMCA and it was an enjoyable collaboration.
Informed by YMCA, I learned that not only there are orphans living in the bad condition, there are non-orphans who also live in bad condition and even worse.
In this trip, we will visit a minority group in China call Yi People (彝族）
They live in the mountain and the children are unable to get formal education. They only have two teachers of middle school degree who serves as what we so-call “sub-teacher”.
The place is very isolated; it took us a day to get here.
People here are without AC but they have their advantage of living.In the city it’s hard to live without AC in the summer. But here I was actually cold at night, and no sweat in daytime–except climbing the mountain.
So my day of magic now starts. In the so-called hotel, which has no room service, no room cleaning, no shower, one light, one power outlet, the bed is only a board, we live in rooms that does not have locks. Restroom are shared, having no toilet, having bugs, and smelling badly. But I was told that this condition is better than that of the villagers.
This is the shared sink we use for washing face, brushing teeth, etc. I think Africa is pretty much like this.
This is my first breakfast here.
In the afternoon, we are organizing a movie for both the children and the old people. I was too tired these days and fell asleep during the movie.
The morning is usually the study time.
The rabbits used for magic performance, I have no idea what they are doing.
I mentioned him earlier; he survived from a murdered and became an orphan, resulting in his strange personality. He often does strange things like this and he never smiles. If you pay attention to his face in other photos, you can see his face is always sad and never had a smile–even when taking photos. Once the photographer force him to smile by stimulating his armpit and caught a photo of him laughing–unnaturally. Seeing that, I then pretend to take out a coin out of his ear, and keeping taking out more coins. He then check his ear and found nothing. I then again take out a coin our of his year, and eventually make him surprise and changed his face to happy–naturally.
See the last four photos of http://magic4hope.org/photo/journey_picture/guangyuan/bonus/index6.html