There were amazing views traveling from Mtunthama to Chituka but it took us most of the day. I loved the expanses of fields, animal shaped mountains and endless skies. Around every corner was yet another magnificent vista. This is an absolutely glorious country.
We went to our first school to meet last year’s wonderful tailors. I had only expected to see Patience and some people I’d never met but instead we were greeted with song and dance by the women I had worked with last year and had grown so fond of. I was totally delighted to see them all again. Along with students, they have been making MoonCatcher kits and from what I saw they looked pretty good. There were introductions, speeches and a lovely little essay delivered by a teen about how much having a menstrual kit means to her and her friends. I was so touched by this.
We will return tomorrow to have an impromptu MoonBee working with students and adults.
Later we went to the School for the Deaf. A group of adorable eighth graders met us with big smiles. Nine sewing machines were lined up outside on a patio area for us to inspect. Again, introductions and greetings took place and I found myself wishing that I knew sign language. Hugs and smiles seemed to suffice. Three of these teachers will come to the MoonBee and when it’s over we’ll head back to the school to teach a little on the electric machines.
The hotel where we are staying is incredible. It is right on the lake. We put our feet in and marveled at how warm the water is. Hand-made canoes are scattered on the shore with a few out fishing even in the dark.
It’s been a long day. It was fun to find a little internet, have a glass of wine and eat a nice dinner. A peek at the stars from out on the beach was a fun prelude to a hot shower. Time to sleep.