|Cosi's wishlist for the school|
Today's walk was fantastic - a fresh breeze and bursting with excitement, we lugged the 4 footballs, and bag of goodies down to school with Tasha and Megan. I will never forget the kids faces as we approached and they clocked the balls we were carrying; we could barely get through the gate as kids surrounded us, clambering for the balls, squealing, laughing and jumping up and down.
|Vera and Memory looking through|
donated pencil cases
We swapped phone numbers with Cosi and Vera so we could arrange meeting up at the park tomorrow and said our goodbyes before heading home for lunch.
|volleyball in the school yard|
|walking back from school|
We got cleaned up and put on our only remaining clean clothes, packed our old T shirts into a bag to take with us and headed down to the Zambezi Sports Club for well-deserved Mosi's. Zeta and Edith came ambling across the sandy football pitch half hour or so later and an easy, entertaining, but emotional, afternoon followed.
A couple of Mosi's at the club, followed by a couple more at the Falls Garden Lodge (where Tracey managed to offload her aging mobile phone on the barmaid who was chuffed as nuts with it!).
Zeta lives with her Uncle, who is away with work and badly missed, and her Uncle's wife, who stays in her room and does not talk. It doesn't sound like she enjoys it there much and is saving to get her own place, so it was with tears and sadness that she and Edith walked us home and we said our goodbyes. Such lovely, kind, generous people. We wish them both all the luck in the world in their struggle to better themselves here.
After a somewhat sombre dinner at the Sunbird, we retired to our pump house porch to contemplate our experience. We were mulling over our roller-coaster day when a young Dutch girl wandered over and asked if she could join us. We got out a chair from our room and sat listening to her story. At only 16, she was here alone. She had come through homesickness and was loving her time here, despite already feinting and taking out part of her front tooth when she fell face-first to the ground! A very brave girl. So many people, each doing their bit, and each with a different reason for it. There are some seriously inspiring people on this planet. I wish we had gotten her name.