Matopo Primary School is still not open--nor are any of the schools in the Matopo area. They were due to open a couple of weeks ago, but there are many problems. One is that the teachers have not been paid for several months, and also not received any compensation for the time they put it at the voting polls last spring. They have also not been given anything for the time they spent checking the exams taken at the end of the last term.
Of course, even if they had been paid, the money is worthless anyway.
Another worry is that the cholera which has caused so many deaths in the rest of the country has not yet come to Matopo. There are concerns that when teachers and pupils from contaminated areas return to Matopo they will bring the dreaded disease with them.
A parcel I sent to the school last December 18th finally arrived last week! I had just about given up all hope.
Travelling in Zimbabwe now is getting dangerous--we heard reports of banditry along the way from Beit Bridge, which is where we usually cross into Zimbabwe from South Africa. Going to have to find another route this time...
I'm working on getting some corporate support for the project--as generous as the English Teachers Association has been, the funds raised so far just keep the school from drowning. For serious projects, more money is needed. Any ideas out there?