After Wolfgang arrived in Kinshasa in the beginning of the month, he met Jean and planned what we needed to get for Mushapo. The school needs a photocopy machine and we had to find the right one for which we can get good refills, spare parts etc. near Mushapo. Jean also got materials for new uniforms and other items needed for the school. He shipped all this with what Wolfgang brought for the children to Tshikapa by truck, 140 kg all together, and will bring it to Mushapo with bicycle transporters.
Jean, Gilbert, Mpona and Wolfgang had a meeting to discuss the different aspects of our work, like the further registration of our legal organization in Kinshasa and our request for payment of the teachers at the Ministry of Education. Gilbert will follow up on that. During the meeting he also phoned Chef Mungamba to give him another chance to let us continue with the construction of the school buildings, but he still doesn’t want to give the go ahead. In the meantime Andre phoned the governor in Kananga again who was surprised that this matter was still not solved. He promised to call the Chef and let us know what the outcome will be.
It took Jean over a week to reach Tshikapa although he took a bus halfway to Kikwit. The truck who took him the second part of the journey had a breakdown, so he had to find another truck. When he finally arrived in Tshikapa he talked to the Cadaster office there to try to sort out our paperwork for our piece of land in Mushapo. The man from the Cadaster office was not happy with what Chef Mungamba did as we are supposed to build on that land or we would lose it.
In Kinshasa Wolfgang was looking for a place to stay once Lenka and Anissa arrive in the beginning of November. This was not an easy task as we needed to find a place close to the school which accepted to take Anissa free of charge. A good school is very expensive in Kinshasa and we are very thankful for the directors who give us this opportunity. Friends of family Mpona accepted to take us into the annex on their property for which we are very thankful so we can bring and pick up Anissa to school by foot from there. The free school and very cheap housing are two encouraging big steps forward.
Wolfgang also had an inspiring meeting with the German Ambassador, Dr. Wolfgang Manig, and Mr. Stumpf, in charge of development. He could also shortly meet the wife of the ambassador who is in charge of aid projects. All are very interested in our work, offered their support and are looking for a way to also help in the situation with Chef Mungamba.
With the help of our translators we were able to finish and publish our latest Video about Mushapo in French and Czech. Here are the links to the different languages:
We wish you all the best.