Fire fire everywhere! It was a regular school day, snack was finished and we were teaching class 4. We had no idea what was happening until the kids ran out of class screaming “Fire! Fire!” Yes, it was a fire coming from a nearby village, very quickly.
We all gathered and Genla explained to us the action plan. During this time, we sent all the younger kids to sit on the field away from the fire, so that they would not get hurt.
We ran to get all the buckets and jute sacks in our community. Some went to cut grass to make a boundary between us and the fire. Within half an hour it crossed the road and reached our campus.
We decided to burn our own fire boundary, so some stood around with buckets of water and wet sacks, while others cut grass and lit it on fire. Unfortunately it was very windy and our own fire got out of control. There was smoke and ashes everywhere, and the smoke burned our eyes and lungs. Because of the huge flames, some of us got burned eyebrows and singed hair. It was nothing serious! All hair is growing back now. :)
We really must appreciate everybody who helped, especially the kids who were super brave. In fact, they weren’t scared – they were excited! After 3 1/2 hours, we beat the fire! But we were too late to greet our special guest from Italy – Patricia.
On the other side of the road, the fire was still burning, so the boys stayed up to patrol, just in case. By morning, even that fire had died, and we were happy. But now, all the land around us is black, but it will grow greener and better when the rain comes again.
Every story has a happy ending!