|Sponsor Julianne meets her student, Magret|
In August, 2017, we accompanied Winnet Phiri to collect her daugher, Magret from the school she has been attending now for almost two years for a holiday break, Magwero School for the Deaf in Chipata, Zambia.
|It was a long drive over dusty roads to get to Magwero School in Chipata|
Julianne has been sponsoring Magret since she began school for the first time at the age of 12. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her to be taken to a new place and dropped off, without understanding why. Magret has been deaf since she was an infant and lost her hearing due to illness. She had never attended school before and we are grateful that we had the opportunity to help her start off. Now after almost two years she has adapted and made friends at her school and has learned to communicate through sign language.
Our first stop was the maiz grinding area where the staple diet is prepared – mealy mealy or Nshima. We were also shown the husks of sunflowers which is pressed for oil.
The vegetable garden looked very healthy, we were impressed by the size of the garden and the the amount of vegetables for the children.
The girls’ dormitory, with has its own well or borehole just outside where the girls can collect water and wash their clothes.
Each room sleeps between four and eight girls. There is a bed for each child and enough storage space for each student by way of closets and shelves.
The girls were happy to have visitors. It was the last day of term and they were busy cleaning up their rooms and clothes and getting ready to go home to visit with their families for a few weeks.
The boys were also getting ready for the break, cleaning and packing. They communicate through sign language, so for someone with hearing it was a very quiet visit despite all the conversations going on around us!
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