Well guys, as promised, this is a taste of ‘Shopping in Chipata’ (see below). We haven’t taken a picture of Spar or Shoprite, which are two European type supermarkets, as we thought you’d like a taste of Zambia. Stopping to take a photo of ‘God’s Promise Complex’ may have us in heaven sooner than we’d anticipated so you’ll just have to imagine that one!! (if the owner ever gets to read this I’d like him to know I sometimes find God’s promises complex as well!!!)
Education has been our theme for the past couple of days, visiting the ‘Basic Schools’ – the Zambian name for Primary Schools – in the Chiefdom which our orphans attend, and one
in Chipata itself. The latter has 1,500 pupils and the ratio of teachers to children in all of them seems to be 1:100!! All of them are working so hard, building classroom blocks off their own bat for instance, but funds (as in the two non-government schools Zoe is helping) are short to say the very least. The Headteacher of the school in Chipata was more desperate for more loos than anything else – and some doors for the ones they’ve already got!! Looking ahead, we’ve also been to visit some secondary schools to see what the score is. School fees come in kwacha and in one school, kwacha AND bags of cement!! Count your blessings one by one guys!!
Let’s hope our meeting with the Assistant Chief Secretary for Chipata this morning, bearing our letters asking for teachers for Mercer’s Kindergarten School and for Mwazyangulu, bear fruit. The next step is to get to see the all-important District Commissioner and plead our case with him. Hint-hint all prayers reading this!!
PS John is somewhat depressed that his ‘pulling power’ has sunk to the level of a male donkey at Mr Jere’s farm who refused to stop nibbling his neck!!