So every Tuesday all 24 of the students involved in MESP go to different service project sites around Cairo. Yesterday my first day at the Good Samiritan in Moquttum hills. Moquttum is a district of Cairo were the government placed impoverished victims of the earthquake that hit Cairo in ’93. The Good Samaritan serves as a conference center, orphange, and preschool…its a very well run place. We began our day with some cleaning and the Egyptians were practically rollng on the floor laughing at the way we were cleaning. They were also bewildered by the fact that I don’t speak Arabic. “Khalas?” (or nothing) they ask. “Khalas” I reply. Its frustrating that I blend in so well until I open my mouth, but I am begining to remember a few things. Of course my accent is heinous to an Egyptian ear. After our cleaning exploits we were sent to paint some doors yellow. I have never experienced paint quite like this (definetly not TU ETC quality) It was all thick an sticky and my hands were soon covered in flourescent goop. When I was finished with my door the director of the project, Nabil, walked in with a can of gasoline that he proceeded to pour over my hands to clean them. I don’t recall ever being quite that flammable before. So cross it off the list of things I’ve never done. Washing hands in gasoline–check. The kids in the preschool are on vacation, but when they come back I thing we’ll be doing some teaching English which I’m looking forward to.
Tomorrow is the Ieedes. Comprable to Christmas in Islam…apparently the streets will run with blood as an animal sacrifice is invovled…we’ll see how that goes for me.