Our Hope is Here
Mercy Mwananyanda is a young mother with extraordinary abilities. As quiet as she is, no one would guess that when she gets excited, she begins somersaulting. On September 19, 2011, in the Kamisenga Dairy Cattle project area, the atmosphere was filled with ululations and dancing. Women and children were carried away with excitement because the long awaited dairy cattle had arrived. The entire community was hit by a wave of extraordinary excitement. One woman in particular–Mrs.Mercy Mwananyanda–amazed everyone with her gymnastics. She swung into action with ease and without embarrassment. She tossed herself in the air and did a number of somersaults. Everyone stopped what they were doing just to catch a glimpse at this rare feat.
“Mercy, why did you do that?” I asked. She replied with a broad smile, “You see, I am very, very excited my problems are over! I know that many people may not understand me. We have suffered for too long, and nobody has shown us respect in this village. But now my family status has changed for the better because of these animals Heifer and Elanco have bought us,” answered Mercy. For a while I was speechless, and I thought of asking Mercy’s husband, Humphrey, about the display some would consider embarrassing. Humphrey did not mince his words: “You see, Ba Sikalangwe, that is the only way we can say thank you for these gifts of livestock. We will not be the same because our status in the village has changed now and forever. We have been waiting for these animals for many years, and therefore nothing is really embarrassing about what my wife has done. I am very happy for her,” Humphrey said with a smile of satisfaction on his face.
Mercy doing a somersault