| Aug 27, 2019
Many years ago, when our safari lodge was up and running, we hosted a lion conference attended by researchers from all over Africa. At dinner one night, I was talking to Professor Claudio Sillero, an Argentinian, about the economic disasters affecting both his country and ours.
“Things couldn’t get worse,” I told him. “I think we’ve reached rock bottom.”
Claudio laughed. “There is no such thing,” he said. “Take a lesson from Argentina – we just dig a deeper hole!”
17 years later, and Zimbabwe is still digging.
Hunger, inflation at over 175%, 18 hour power blackouts, water rationing, fuel queues and 3.5 million rural people facing starvation – it’s been bad before, but this time it’s worse. Much worse. And there seems to be no way out.
Anyway, the point of this update is not to give you a rundown on the state of the nation, but to tell you how the children of Marula school are faring. At present they are on “holiday” (whatever that means these days to a hungry Zimbabwean) but they are back to school in the first week of September, at which time a truck full of the term’s provisions will arrive. I’ve said it before, but here it is again. Nothing is so heart warming as seeing groups of children on their way to school in the early mornings – when every one of them is smiling and waving as you pass. Some of them have walked for hours, but they know that at lunch time there will be a full plate of food waiting for them. Thanks to you, our wonderful donors.
Progress has been slow on the outside kitchen – the footings have been dug, the cement has been bought, but Public Works are as usual dragging their heels. So – I’ve enlisted the help of Craig Tilbury, who has been cutting and baling grass on the farm, and is very happy to assist not only with transport but with any building that needs to be done. At last, someone we can rely on!
In my next newsletter, I’ll be posting photos of the school vegetable garden – made possible by our water reticulation scheme. I just hope that someone has been watering it during the holidays!
As always, with our deepest gratitude
All at Marula School