These kids are so hungry to learn, and though their school conditions are anything but good, they joyfully run to school in the mornings to participate in the simple lessons. So much so, that some of them arrive before time and tap on Teacher Graça’s door to tell her they are waiting for her. Graça is a qualified teacher who also happens to be an Afrika wa Yesu Team member. She is the wife of Pastor Mariano.
In 2014 there was a small war at Inhaminga and government forces shelled the homes in Dimba valley. The people fled into the bushes to hide for months. School closed. Since then Dimba Valley School has reopened and Graça daily hiked down the mountain and up again to teach her class. The numbers have increased so much, the education department opened a school under the shade trees right next to our campus. However, when it rains, there is no school as the kids cannot keep dry. There are no amenities, they use the bushes for a toilet. They have no desks but sit on the ground or on the wall, and their school supplies are meagre beyond description.
We have volunteered for a long time to build a small two room school for the kids with toilets, desks and supplies. Finally we have been granted a piece of land to do so. This we will build from donated money using our own builders and give it to the government as a service to the community. Our workers have started making the bricks and everyone is very excited about this project.
Rod & Ellie
...and all at Afrika Wa Yesu
A thatch covering keeps most of the hot sun off the children but does not keep the rain out. Teacher Graça’s children sit on reed mats. They have no desks or chairs.
The second class sits on a wall. The blackboard is balanced against a tree. These two teachers are tremendously excited to hear we will be building a small school for the children.
We have already started making the bricks on our Inhaminga Campus.