Communication is always a challenge here - sometimes its the language, an expression new to me, sometimes the equipment with which one communicates. I have made many attempts to write this update, each time thwarted by either lack of internet access or electricity or solar power. Perhaps to-day. The SIM card on my cell phone gave up the ghost as well, taking with it all of my contact phone numbers. There is consolation however, I have been able to keep the same phone number.
Seasons are beginning to change - the exhaustive summer heat is beginning to level off, mangoes are dropping at a slower rate (Stephen pictured gathering mangoes from our tree), avocados (zaboka) have begun to drop and our book program has moved into its second phase. We've paid inscription for those with year end results which provides us with book lists. We have begun to prepare backpacks . This means a change of staff as well. The book repair staff have finished and the list preparation staff have begun. Micheline has a month off from her Medical technology program, so we are able to use her expertise. She had a successful year and is looking forward to the final year of her program. State results are trickling in - will update next week.
Sen Rafayel continues to challenge as well. Our visits bring out hundreds of young people hoping to continue either secondary school, enter a trade or go on to post secondary. Often the noise drowns out our interviews.
Beni tout moun