On opening the big metal gates that form the main entrance to the school, the Just One team almost step into the open-air classroom just inside the gate. This makeshift ‘classroom’ sits in an open space just beside the entrance gate. The open space is bounded by the school office building behind it, and corrugated iron sheets jut out from the office roof to keep the sun and rain off the students. Regardless of their ‘open-air’ classroom, they are joyous greet us each time we enter the gate, and every one of the students has a huge, welcoming smile on their face. A few also disturb their studies to wave vigorously at us as we enter the school grounds.
Today there are about 300 students at the school, so it takes our small team quite a while to go around each classroom and hand each student their serving of fruit – even though we are supplemented with the usual group of older students.. As usual, the distribution begins with the youngest students and finishes with the classroom of the oldest students. But even with 300 students, all too soon this rewarding seva has come to an end until the next program at the school.