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Days in Khulna

It’s been almost 3 months living in Bangladesh and life here feels normal, whatever normal is. I’m so happy I got a 1 way ticket and trusted God in all of this. My days are very full, never thought I would be busy in Khulna! A typical day is teaching english at the Alingon Home till lunch time, going to my friends house to learn bangla for 2 hours, going to the salon to teach the girls a class, and then back to Alingon in the evening. And usually once a week visiting the villages. The days I don’t go to the salon I have a little down time. It’s getting HOT, and it’s just the beginning. Coming home at the end of the day and taking a shower is the biggest treat ever, seriously.

Teaching is going well. I’ve noticed how much more the kids are understanding english. I have an age gap from 4 to almost 8 in 1 class so it can be challenging. The 4 year olds are either falling down (usually on purpose) or running up to me to tell me something very important, thinking I can understand them. For some, this is their first time in school and they are close to 8. With the older girls I teach, I try to use the little bangla I’ve learned so far to help them. It’s harder for them but they have come a long way since January. We redid the little kids classroom last week, it looks so much better.

I was curious to see if I would miss doing hair living here, and I do! I teach the 2 girls at the salon a few times a week and they are doing really well! They catch on fast. My friend Milton (who has been helping the women from Boston with the project) and I interviewed a woman last week to manage the salon. She’s a stylist as well. I had her do bride hair and make up on one of the girls to see her work and thought she did a great job. My friends in Boston are working on a proposal for her and hopefully she will start soon. It will be good to have someone else in the salon with the girls everyday, especially local. Business is very different here.

On my way to a village yesterday with Uttum, I got a new helmet! We take his motorcycle so it was necessary. Riding on a motorcycle here is fun and terrifying all at the same time. I always have this grin on my face and think, this is crazy! They say they have bad traffic rules here…..umm what rules? You can do whatever you want really. Day time is one thing, but night time…I see lights and think “wow we are getting super close to that” and then bam…we move. And there are rickshaws and people everywhere with NO lights. And I can’t forget cows and goats. Surprisingly, I never see accidents. I’m sure my mom just had a mini stroke reading this.

I fall more in love with the Alingon girls everyday. There is never a dull moment with them. Life here is definitely guaranteed to break your heart, but everyday there is still joy. God is doing amazing things here.

Thank you for all the support and reading about my adventures. I appreciate it!

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Doing their favorite thing: math competition on the board

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10 Responses to “Days in Khulna”

  1. Jordi says:

    Such a great post Mags! The classroom looks great and you look fab in your new helmet!

  2. Naomi says:

    Always enjoy reading your posts! Love the new helmet! So glad everything is well for you…

  3. Katie W says:

    WHAT??? That helmet is just amazing! I hope you bring it home 🙂

  4. Simon & Chrystine says:

    Well we love this update!! The classroom looks fabulous. I love all the colors and am sure the kids do also!! Your face is priceless with your helmet on. Cracking us up! We love and miss you! Xoxo

  5. Lori says:

    Hi Maggie, that is a SERIOUS helmet. It has to protect you!! Love hearing about your life there. I can’t believe it’s been 3 months. The classroom is so bright an cheerful. I love it! You were a born teacher 🙂
    Love and hugs to you all,
    Lori

  6. Albert V says:

    Hi Maggie,

    You’re still my hero!!

    I believe that the reason for our existence is to be in service to others! Your service to the girls is admirable.

    With love and respect,
    Albert

  7. Michelle Scheidler says:

    hahaha LOVE the helmet! I agree with Katie, bring it home for when we go bike riding 🙂

  8. Andrea says:

    Just saw this post – LOVE your helmet pic!! Haha. Love the stories and the classroom looks great… and that swing looks super fun, haha.

    Love you and thinking about you!!

  9. Stormie says:

    Awesome helmet. Hahaha. Love the bug like cover. 🙂

  10. Noah Wiles says:

    I personally give you all the credit for the amazing things you are doing there. You are an inspiring example.

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