Jos and Jean asked all the school directors from the neighbor villages to meet with us and talk about any problems we might have caused them unintentionally because our school is free of charge while theirs depend on their students paying school fees. We need to make sure that we don’t take in any students who normally would go to their schools and see how we can work together to give all the children in the area the best possible education.
One such opportunity will come up next Saturday when a neighbor village school wants to play football against our school team. The director of this school came by and asked if he could borrow our ball so his team can train for the game.
Jos put up rings to teach the kids basketball. The rings were made and donated by the company DENYS in Tshikapa which is helping us a lot (photo left). Jos also showed animated Bible story videos from a beamer for a few days, which the children enjoyed very much.
Our 5 ha manioc field is getting harvested now. Jos cut the 2 water tanks from the former SADR farm into two pieces (photo right) and uses them as basins to soak the manioc easier. We had to hire extra guards as quite a bit of manioc was getting stolen again. It’s difficult to keep an eye on things when the people are hungry, but we hope that with time they will understand that the income from the harvest supports their school.
The higher up chief from the nearby regional town Mungamba, who is over the 2 chiefs of Mushapo and who originally gave us the land for the school in Mushapo (see Newsletter 28), told us unexpectedly that we should pause building the school until he comes for a visit. He wants to come in the next few days and once we know his requests we will try our best to bargain and work out a good solution acceptable for all involved.
The school is running fine with the dedicated teachers we have (photo on the top). Jos is continuing to give English classes to the 5th and 6th graders and to almost all the teachers in the afternoon (photo left). They are very eager to learn. The children are preparing for their exams and the teachers are filling out the report cards, so it’s a busy time (photo right). The sixth graders will need to travel to another village to do their final exam. A couple of teachers will accompany them for safety sake.
At the moment there is dry season, which means lots of bush fires. One was raging very close to our property but did not reach us.
We wish you all the best and send many greetings,
Wolfgang from Germany, Lenka from Prague and Jos from Mushapo