Photos: Jumping for Joy

Interhouse — similar to an American school’s Field Day — is probably the most anticipated event of the year for Gambian children. Schools across the country divide their students into four “houses” and host a sporting competition with events including, running, jumping and even bucket balancing. The students typically raise money for the event, which usually features a DJ and lunch for the whole school. Many schools also host a nighttime dance party in the village. It’s quite an affair!

The excitement around the event is fun to watch, but the students’ talent is even more amazing. With little to no training, they dash around the dirt “field” barefoot racing to earn their team a first place mark. For the high jump, they fling themselves over sticks fashioned to be the “bar” and land in a pile of sand.

Here’s some fun photos of my students: