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  Gambia Project 2014 Blog                                                                                                        Today we went over Dr. Fulton's nephew's home, Sheriff, for lunch. The food was great but we ate differently than we do back home. Here they eat like you would eat Moroccan food except everyone has their own utensil and you eat on the floor. Because I have eaten Moroccan food before and I am familiar having a communal dish I was comfortable with the situation. However what stood out to me was the fact that in close quarters conversation is easier to engage in. From stories that I have heard from my friends about meal times, their families do not come together to eat like I do or like the locals of Gambia do. I do not necessarily t...hink this is a big problem but it is a tradition that has slowly disappeared over the years. Talking at dinner, or any other meal time, allows you to interact with your family, build a stronger bond, and get things off your chest. In many other countries this is a normality for their culture but we Americans have been detached far too long. Referring back to my post on Word Of Mouth, breaking bread as a family allows traditions, knowledge, stories, and other valuable things to be passed down through generations. When altogether, a family does not have to wait to say something to each other they can just say it right there. This is how the history of our people was passed down and as this tradition dwindles away the history of our people is in danger of leaving with it. My goal is to continue the tradition of eating together in my family so the tradition can be preserved for years to come. Preservation is a lot more important than we realize, it keeps our people and our place in the world relevant. Taje Oliver Kemet Gambia Team   Tammye Caldwell January 26, 2014 Gambian Team Today I went to church in The Gambia called Winners Chapel International. This was a lovely experience and the people were so sincere in their worship. Religion is another language that is international where people praise God somewhat the same all over the world. As I sat in the service I instantly thought of something my grandfather told me. He stated, "As believers, we need to stop focusing so much on religion and focus more on having a relationship with the higher power." Here they practice relationship! It doesn't matter what you look like, what you have on, you are welcome and treated as equals. So this was a wonderful experience. No matter what religion you come from, if you practice it the right way and don't add things to fit you, it is a wonderful feeling. I'm glad that there are still many churches that didn't loose faith and sincerity. My hope for tomorrow is to meet the scholars at Saint Peters, a high school here in The Gambia. I also want to be able to give the scholars at Saint Peters some advice on my knowledge of high school.   (Written January 20th) We visited the school today and it was quite an experience. When we got to the school the children came out to do Horambe with us, which is not like ours. The children sing 2 songs and do the school and Gambian pledge with such discipline and dedication to what they were doing. As we go around the classes I notice that every student is attentive and diligently doing their work. This is something that was a "breath of fresh air" and actually inspired me and motivated me to do the same when I get back home. Later on, during PE, the children retrieved the fĂștbol and they asked if I wanted to play and of course I ...quickly siad yes. I went inside the office and grabbed my Messi jersey and ran out to play; however I did not notice I had on boots. As I looked around I saw that most of the children were preparing to play barefoot so I thought "Why cant I play in my socks"?. FĂștbol is the top sport here and luckily it is my favorite sport, but the
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