Graduation Day - November 14, 2011 - Several very special visitors joined the community on the gradation day (which was organized completely by the community). These included:
Enjoy the photos - they say it best!
So what is next? - now that only finishing work on the construction of the preschool remains in phase 1, we take a bit of a pause for community members to plough and plant, to respect the Encwala ceremony (a key traditional ceremony in Swaziland) and to give space for all the up and down that marks the start of the new school year (January 24) - thereafter we will pick up on the tasks for phase 2, as indicated:
With many thanks for your donations - which makes possible all the positive results in this report - Vusumnotfo was formed by the traditional leaders as a strategy to be more proactive about their developmental aspirations. Given this, ownership is vested at community level (I report to a local Board), which means that since inception, Vusumnotfo has received no core funding, rather we fundraise for all costs, including salaries (mine included), transport, and administration. Given this, receiving an E mail from Global Giving that someone has donated to Vusumnotfo’s project posting is just a great way to start a day - so many thanks to you all for that!
In closing, I would like to share with you this BBC / PRI radio interview with Chief Mnikwa, who selected the name "Vusumnotfo" which means to "restart the economy". http://www.theworld.org/2011/11/swaziland-chief-world-war-two
To have peace, we need sustainable development - to have sustainable development, we all need to realize how inter connected the world is - Ubuntu (I am because you are).
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