It is unbelievable, but thanks to the commitment and hard work of the combined team of Swazis and Americans we have a slab for the first of the four classrooms!
There is one small, tiny issue that may delay us from finishing the slab by the weekend. Ok, so it’s not really so small or tiny. We discovered yesterday that someone cut through the wooden slats of the old, unused church, and stole all of the circuit breakers from the electrical panel and did some other damage to it. This is the second time thugs have messed with the electrical connections for the school. Late last year someone stole the cable from the pole to the breaker box. The Head teacher and the parent committee chairman are coming up to a plan to get it fixed as soon as possible. Without the electricity we can’t pump water from the bore hole. Thankfully, the school has 4 water storage tanks. Three of them catch water from the roof. One of the tanks was full and another one about half full yesterday. In the afternoon today, only one tank was about half full. The hard part for me is to refrain from jumping in and solving their problem. So please pray that a solution is found quickly and the tanks are filled by tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning at the latest.
As for me, I didn’t get to spend much time with the team again. We took one little girl from Lomngeletjane to the Baylor clinic at the hospital in Manzini this morning. (We is the rural health motivator for Lomngeletjane, Thoko, Thini and I. Kat came with us. The Baylor clinic is a clinic for children that are HIV+. The little girl we took is HIV+ and about is just now at the stage of having to go on medication. The only problem is, she is one of 14 orphaned grandchildren living with a grandmother with very little means. The grandmother isn’t supervising the girl to make sure she takes medication prescribed for an ear infection and sores on her face correctly. If this medication isn’t being taken properly, the Doctor won’t put her on ARV’s because taking them irregularly is worse than not taking them at all. It was a stressful day trying to learn from the Doctor what our small chances are and to convince the grandmother to make a plan to help the child take her medication as prescribed. The grandmother doesn’t think Doctors do any good so we have to try and convince her to give the Baylor Doctors a chance. So at the end of the day, I felt as wiped out as the team did only I didn’t feel near as productive.