It in indeed difficult to keep our Orphan Programme going...but we feel that after 30 years we just must keep going despite obstacles! .The state of the economy is the BIG one ,but so far we still manage to keep our children at school and hopefully this will continue. Families struggle but the Guardians of the Orphans still turn up to Training despite the difficulties of this year, the children still manage to get to school despite the collapse of their homes in cyclone Feddie ( last march), the destruction of the crops in the same cyclone and the ensuing hunger. The resilience of this community is inspiring...they never lose Hope and so neither will we!
So life went on....the guardians attended their permaculture workshops, brought indigenous seeds to be cultivated at the Likulezi nursery and helped to grow tree the seedlings for their villages. Likulezi managed to give some input of various vegetable seeds and despite not being in a position to give fertilizer the guardians did their best to make compost. They also attended meetings held for them and by them...having walked up to 30 klms to get there.
The Orphans at primary school got their uniforms which are invaluable as a set of clothes anyway. Those at Secondary schools came to the Library to take advantage of the school curriculum books housed there and also to play chess. Now they are up to competition level and you never know !
Our 3rd Levels students are forging ahead and hope to make their own business;s, we hope to have a Medic in the near future with our medical girl...so all is good!
These children are the Beacon of Hope in a poor community.......having inherited this HOPE from their resilient foerbears!
Waiting for exam results is not easy.......unless you get selected to go to secondary school then you are finished.........life is difficult for students with the competition so great! . But its now Holiday time from school...though holiday time is not really a Holiday!..This time of the year is "work" time ! especially this year after the devastation of cyclone Freddie which raged across malawi in late march. Homes now have to be rebuilt after being demolished, and this is House building time anyway when the grasses have grown high enough to make Thatch for the roofs. Both adults and children..the young and the old can be seen coming down the mountain track carrying huge bundles of grass on their heads. In all the surrounding villages bricks are being moulded and then burnt to be ready for building. Our children play a big part in this annual enterprize.
There is some respite for the children who live near to the Library as they can play chess or read books or listen to stories by the librarian. Some walk great distances for this pleasure.Those of an age are also involved in initiation ceremonies at tjhis time of year. At the end of August there is the Likulezi Olympics ( a sports day for children) held in the field below the Library with Races, Sack races, High jump, Long jump and culumnating with a football match featuring the Likulezi Eagles. What of the prizes?....copies, pens and pencils in readiness for the new school year !
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