Computer Camp in Koudougou

"Last night a semi-truck collapsed the bridge just up the road. You're not going anywhere today." This was not the news I was hoping to hear the morning I was supposed to take 16 of my best eighth grade students from our village to the regional capital for a computer camp. "Oh, and on top of that, 80% of the cell phone service in the country is out today." Even better. Somehow I managed to get a hold of a friend in the city who miraculously sweet-talked a bush taxi into coming 90km to get us. Six hours and a greasy bag of grilled goat later, we arrived in the city covered in dirt from head to toe. (The taxi, not surprisingly, had no windows and several holes in the floor.) Thankfully, all was forgotten with squeals of glee as my students learned how to make red circles and blue quadrilaterals with MS Paint in the computer lab the next day. We also watched movies on the computer and enjoyed cold Cokes with ice that weekend. They (and I) will never forget it.

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