March 2017

Having just returned from the opening of the primary school in Mataka, we are so proud to announce that we now have 3 amazing teachers.  Our Head Schoolmaster and 2 other teachers are dedicated to these precious children.  What a blessing this is to so many.  Four of us from the United States were able to attend the opening celebration of the Nalikule Lea School along with several other honored guests.  The excitement surrounding it was highlighted by the attendance of all the Chiefs from the area as well as a Member of Parliament and the Director of Education. The children seemed to know the importance of the day and sat with amazing attention to the speeches presented by each honored guest. We were able to supply matching dresses to the students which will serve as uniforms until we can supply them with uniforms.  Sadly, we did not have shorts or shirts for the boys but we are working on making that happen.  Stay tuned for a uniform sponsorship program coming very soon.

Another delight was on our way to visit with Chief Kachindamoto and check on the building of the hostel structure, we were able to personally deliver a few “Buckets of Hope” to a few widows in dire need.  The Chief did a great job is identifying the widows that were in the most need of some encouragement and help. We were blessed by meeting them. On our way to one in particular we were walking along a muddy road (it’s rainy season) and as the group moved ahead, I noticed a little girl who was trying to follow us as we walked.  She was shy and I quickly spotted the reason; she was only wearing a skirt as her dress, but the elastic was worn and stretched out and no longer held it up.  She had the skirt wrapped up and held up against her chest to cover herself the best she could. The moment I saw her I remembered why we were there: to honor and protect little girls and I had to do something immediately. I let the others walk ahead and I went back to the van to rummage around until I found a dress that I thought would fit her. It was gorgeous and I brought it out and I took her by the hand and showed it to her and then put it on over her worn out skirt.  The smile is with me still.  I can picture it in my mind and luckily I was able to snap a shot so now you also can know her.  She represents the very essence of what we try to do.  We want to bring dignity to little girls.  We want to honor them. We want to bring them hope.  Your little dresses do that for them.  Never for even a minute forget how important your work is.  We thank you for your faithful support. I don’t know her name.  But it doesn’t matter.  She’s one of our children and a child of God.  I won’t forget her.

We were so grateful to be part of this quick trip and to visit briefly with our friends. Everyone is working hard on projects. The hostel is coming along well.  The mattresses have arrived and the bedding and blankets are on their way in the 40ft container that left last Saturday.  We pray that we will have it all there for the opening of the hostel in May.  What a place of hope and of natural beauty! The elephants send their greetings!  Love, Rachel

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