My mother always said that good things come in small packages. This week it was a piece of paper torn out of a notebook with a note from a student we took on last year. We receive many handwritten notes - usually asking for something we are unable to provide -- safe housing, a new roof, a weekly stipend for food, a bed, a mosquito net, screen, windows, solar lamps...
No one asks for things that would be considered luxurious or outrageous. While the requests are reasonable they are not within our budget and I am at times overwhelmed with sadness. Knowing the situation of this family of 4 teenagers looking after a 9 yr. old orphaned cousin, and the havoc recent heavy rains have brought, I expected a list. This is what she wrote:
Good day Mme. I feel that today is a great day for me because I am saying thank you to you.
The reason that today is a great day for me is because today the (school) director sent away ( retounen) students who had not paid their fees for the rest of the year.
I remember when I didn't have a contract with the Foundation. I was in the same situation as all those (who had to leave school).
I tell you thank you, thank you so much because you are helping me with education which I think is the biggest gift one can give me in my life.
These young people know that it is not my money that keeps things going. So this letter is for everyone of you who allow me to distribute your funds. Thankyou.
As the school year begins its end-of year activities, schools will not allow students who haven't paid in full to write exams/receive a report card. We too are finishing this year's business. Although home visits were finished in January, many have moved and three were ill so we are still 'visiting'. When we arrived at Nerlie's 'hill' I had to laugh -- I also asked our visitor Kathy to make the visit with Auguste. Crutches were not designed for mountains. In addition to the climb, Nerlie has a 2 to 3 hour walk into the village to get to school.
|These young ladies thought it was very funny that I couldn't |
climb with '4 feet'. They wanted to try the crutches (bekin)
but were apprehensive.