This is the final exert of Claire's journal where they are gaining support for the clean up. It's a busy day that Claire shares, with uniforms being distributed to all the children,
Friday, 6 February
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Brian and Claire for a walk round the village with Lovely (Caregiver for Our Rainbow House) . Some of the guardians are very industrious – (particularly a couple of Lovely’s guardians) finding ways to earn money, and trying to improve their situation. Some keep their houses and surroundings very clean.
This man is a guardian grandfather to some of our children. He has a large family that live in various dwellings all on a plot of land that he owns – there could be 4-6 dwellings on 1 plot. The whole family operate an extensive business selling charcoal. They buy the big bags for 40 kwatcha and the women (of course) break them down into smaller bags, the smallest of which is 1 Kwatcha (20c)
On return, Brian and Claire handed out some of the uniforms to the children. All the boys received two pairs of shorts and two green T shirts. The older boys received an additional striped shirt. All the girls received one sport skirt (blue with green stripe) and two green T Shirts . There are quite a few uniforms left over. Also 37 pairs of socks and approx. 50 jumpers/jackets that we did not give out.
Children go home early each Friday after lunch.
John has been out walking round the village again and talking to Frederick. Frederick tells us he has been gathering support for the public meeting for Saturday and that lots of community leaders are coming. Cr Given included and a number of influential persons at Council and Government level. Frederick has asked the Chairman of the Ward Committee to chair the meeting, Potiphar Neoma. The support for the clean up grows.
Some ladies have already started cleaning up – just need to motivate the men – strange that.
There is plenty of rubbish ---
We noticed that OHS hasn't arrived in Zambia yet.
The Clean-up continues. But we saw some houses and surroundings that are SO clean.
Thank you Claire for sharing your experience through words and photos. The team at Our Rainbow House appreciate all that you, John and Brian did for the Village during your amazing stay.