This newsletter along with all the videos and photos I’ve uploaded this far should give an idea of how this trip went.
I’m going to try and do a video post over the weekend. This has been my first week back and the levels of admin has been ridiculous! So I’m going to post outstanding clips of the group and pictures and..maybe film a video blog and keep things moving.
I can already hear 2014 pounding at my door with big plans! I have a lot of work to do.
Recorded on the day I flew out to Mukuni, just over a month ago!
In this speacial episode of Diasporan Truth , host Twaambo Kapilikisha speaks to Mutsa Marau who is embarkingon phase three of her ‘Catch me I’m a butterfly’ project.Catch Me I’m A Butterfly is a creative HIV prevention peer education project. which has the intention of leaving behind the feelings of hopelessness that often arise when thinking of HIV/AIDS. This phase will focus on building communication between Mukuni and N’gandu, a neighboring village.To recruit more young people to train as peer educators to make the project more powerful!
9So yesterday (Monday), my first day back at Mukuni. As is usual the first two days are spent getting a plan together. This being my third trip I’ve learnt to use the downtime that pops up when something I want to do can’t happen until tomorrow.
Some point during the day I find myself sitting outside Shoprite shooting the breeze with Simon.
He casually asks me if I heard about the work they’d done in August…at least that’s how I think the conversation came about. The rest of Simon’s story goes something like this.
It was August and the holidays and he thought it would be a good idea to get the group together and use what they’d learnt as Catch Me I’m A Butterfly’. He arranged a meeting with Josias who also liked the idea. They managed to get Rod, Muchimba, Mukuni Jnr, Warren (all members of Catch Me I’m A Butterfly).
They met and decided that the theme of their work would be ‘Putting a Smile on the Faces of Disabled and Physically Challenged People’. They put together a proposal for the funds they required and showed it to Mr Mulenga (the headteacher of Mukuni Basic School and also a trustee of The Butterfly Tree).
Mr Mulenga wanted to let me know of the idea but…and get this…Simon said they refused because they wanted to show that they could organise and achieve this without me. They wanted to show that they could go on!
They then contacted Jacob (a young man who also works with The Butterfly Tree) and asked him for the names of those people who needed help in Kamwi (a village that neighbours Mukuni).
Together, all six young people, visited the homes of five people. Cleaned their houses and surrounding areas, washed their dishes and provided them with 1kg of sugar & salt and washing powder. They fetched them clean water and collected firewood.
I was floored.
Oh might I add. Simon also wrote up a report of their project and Josias took minutes of their meeting. FLOORED!