Friday: 7:55 am.
Thursday was very busy at African University. Charlie, Deb, and I had an hour visit with the Vice Chancellor, while others had tour of campus. Kelly enjoyed the librarian’s tour because they had great archives of Methodism and Zimbabwe.
At 11:00, we had a group meeting with about 10 deans, the librarian, the information officer, and the registrar. They have an acting Dean who had been a diplomat for 20 years, in Portugal and Mozambique. The Education Dean is from Sierra Leone. His 5 children have never been to Zimbabwe.
We had lunch in the cafeteria. Delicious. I had red beans, rice, greens, and slaw. We talked more.
Then had a meeting with our kids and theirs to plan the next two work days at school.
Then to orphanage with 8 homes housing 74 kids and two babies. It costs $50.00 a month to sponsor one child. Lovely flower gardens at each house. TV with VCR was showing the movie Mary Poppins. One Roald Dahl book on crocodiles. The rest are in bad shape. The kids flocked to us, mostly 2,3, and 4 year olds. They hung on to our students. Wanted their pictures.
Then we went to one of three Methodist hospitals in Zimbabwe. Terrible. Have new X-Ray machine, but no processor. I peeked in the dental building and matron gave me a crochet phone case She makes them in her spare time. Very touching gesture.
Dr. Tagwira invited Charlie, Deb, Kelley, and me to charming White Horse Inn on top of mountain overlooking Mozambique. Their academic heads came too. Extraordinary conversation, setting, and food. Best mushroom soup ever. Conversation kept returning to online courses and learning from us. Issue, the former diplomat, in business management, interested in leadership classes. Vice Chancellor interested in recruitment. Raising funds.
All buildings built by Methodists. Chapel by Koreans. Clinic by North Texas Conference.
African University college kids like our kids. Lots of laughing. Flirting. Lovely campus. Tons of flowers. Bookstore is closed. Nothing to sell. Charlie emphasized that alumni buy college logo stuff. Also stressed that alumni are a funding source.
We are waiting in parking lot with African University kids. Will sign off now to talk with them.
Saungweme school. Our kids and African Universit kids left AU around 8:45 to go to this rural and poor school. It was about 5 miles from road, and cars would not make it. So they walked at least 1 Kilometer with supplies. Innocent’s 4 wheel drive was only car that could make it.
Meanwhile, Charlie Deb, Kelly, and I were touring campus with 1 1/2 hour stop in air-conditioned library. Then Innocent and Samba came to get us. Innocent left his car at muddy road and drove us to the site.
Oh, my. It is a run-down, decrepit tobacco building that houses the 5 classrooms. Kids cut grass with slashes.
We are now talking to Amos the headmaster.
My feet keep swelling. Maybe because on feet a lot. We will be home in less than a week.
I started using the water purifier pin yesterday because Jim and Sue aren’t making our water, and I hate to ask Simon who runs the hotel for all the water I need. It works fine.
A hotel guy at Victoria Falls charged my iPhone battery, and it needs it again. Hope I find a solution. I am outside on grounds of la rochelle. Lovely flowers. Birds. Wind through trees. Will go now to our daily debriefing.