Momentum - part 1

After Chris retuned home, the week has been full of even more activity and happenings. 

Sunday: Boat to Gasundwe from the nearest road 

Sunday: Boat to Gasundwe from the nearest road 

Arrived for the long walk up to the village

Arrived for the long walk up to the village

Monday: Election of local representatives so no school. Teacher training opportunity and making learning resources with Gaudence our assistant teacher. 

Monday: Election of local representatives so no school. Teacher training opportunity and making learning resources with Gaudence our assistant teacher. 

Visit to the school building to check on progress. Doors and windows being fitted and blackboards in place.  

Visit to the school building to check on progress. Doors and windows being fitted and blackboards in place.  

Even another torrential storm couldn't hold up the work.  

Even another torrential storm couldn't hold up the work.  

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Tuesday: I walked with Theogene to Viro, the local primary school, an hour away from Gasundwe. It is a walk the primary age village children do every day. 

 

The path needs to be upgraded so motos can drive to the village more safely. For now, the 30 minute boat trip is the easiest route to the nearest health facilities and market.  

The path needs to be upgraded so motos can drive to the village more safely. For now, the 30 minute boat trip is the easiest route to the nearest health facilities and market.  

I met some of the teachers but many had been called away to a meeting at the Sector Office.  

I met some of the teachers but many had been called away to a meeting at the Sector Office.  

On the way back, Theogene showed me the main water supply for the whole area, especially in the dry season when other sources dry up. It is a long walk for the Gasundwe villagers. Piped water is urgent for the health of the village. So large international NGOs like Water Aid need to be approached. 

On the way back, Theogene showed me the main water supply for the whole area, especially in the dry season when other sources dry up. It is a long walk for the Gasundwe villagers. Piped water is urgent for the health of the village. So large international NGOs like Water Aid need to be approached. 

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Everyone was hungry and ready for the evening meal of beans, rice, greens, fried bananas and tiny lake fish called sambaza. 

Everyone was hungry and ready for the evening meal of beans, rice, greens, fried bananas and tiny lake fish called sambaza. 

There is now a shop in the village. Alphonse and his assistant, Silas, make amandazi (very popular snacks - solid doughnuts without sugar) to sell in his shop. 

There is now a shop in the village. Alphonse and his assistant, Silas, make amandazi (very popular snacks - solid doughnuts without sugar) to sell in his shop. 

All for now as the Internet connection has been really poor. There is no momentum in this afternoons Internet connection! If the blog is a muddle, please be understanding. Part 2 will come when I have stronger wifi.  

I fly home tonight, a wiser, but tired traveller

Best wishes  

Margo Margaret Marigarita xx