The Matopo Primary School Teacher-to-Teacher project is documented here. It is kindly being supported by ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) and the Roger Federer Foundation.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Despair

As things drag on and nothing good seems to happen to bring a glimmer of hope, it's all too easy to feel like giving up!
However there are a few people who regularly read this blog, and some of them even leave nice messages--thank you all for that.
You have doubtless read and heard the news about Zimbabwe recently--cholera, which Mugabe denies even exists, desperate people clogging the borders as they try to obtain a few meager bags of corn meal, stalemate on the so-called agreement between the ruling party and the opposition--the list goes on and on.
In Europe and the US people are understandably focussed on our own economic woes. At the risk of seeming moralistic, our problems are nothing compared to those of the teachers and kids at Matopo Primary School--indeed, everyone in Zimbabwe has to suffer hunger, disease and dangers that we cannot even begin to comprehend.
Please, spare a thought for those who are undeservably much worse off than we are.
School term should have started, but I am sure that most schools in Zimbabwe won't open. Matopo Primary School is one of the lucky ones--as long as they continue to get our support.

best wishes
cindy

1 comment:

Illya said...

Dear Cindy,
The kids in my class know about the cholera in Zimbabwe, and we worry about them and talk about them.

These kids are now writing a newspaper article where they tell the region about the Matopo project, and already a couple of school bags have been promised and one freshly donated.

Please keep people informed as to the situation of the children and teachers. Are they suffering from illness as well? I hope that Mr. Mpofu also has a chance to occasionally read this blog. Letters will follow as well.

We do care!
Illya and her class of 5th and 6th grade English students