July 29th, 2005
This was the last day of our project. We had our farewell
party. The work is done.
This morning we planted the last trees on the middle
strip of the road with lots of help of the people working there. Again
it was hard work, especially because everybody was tired. And although
there are plants left over, we feel we have done well. These leftovers
will be used to replace ones that die.
The afternoon was a slow one. I made CD-roms for the
internationals to take home. On the CD are the videos and photographs
we watched during the last weeks. And I did the last gathering fee things.
So everything was done and the party could start. And
then there was a message from Menno about heavy military activity. He
was in a taxi with several others and they were having trouble reaching
the school. They arrived not even that much later: safe.
We then realised that two young Israeli women were not
at the school. They had left in the afternoon to visit Bethlehem with
one of the internationals. And the international was here! They had
split up and the young ladies were attending a wedding in the most conservative
part of town. Not a very clever thing to do. So with Ibrahim I went
on a search and rescue action. Happily enough we found them.
Then the party, it was great. Especially the youngsters
had prepared themselves and enjoyed it. Their parents were looking at
them proudly. After all 'outsiders' had left the internationals sat
on the stairs of the school and had a beer. Well deserved after all
our hard work.
Much later it was time to go to bed.
Dear Friend, I do not know if I will have an opportunity
to write you once more telling you about my Saturday in Israel. It could
be that it has to wait until I am back home in the Netherlands. I will
visit you soon after I get home. There is so much more I like to tell
you about this great adventure.
So, for now it is goodbye. Thank you again for listening
to my stories.