Saturday, December 6, 2014
On Friday we attended the banquet for the S4 students. This is the final year that our secondary school offers and these students have sat national exams to determine whether they can continue to finish secondary school. It was especially nice to see our sponsor child's older brother and cousin receive their certificates and celebrate with their mother and grandmother.
I also attended the formal end of year party for the primary school. Each class recited, acted or sang for their family members and the staff. Again there were many speeches of appreciation for a year of hard work. As I glanced around the audience I was most struck by the faces of the 'parents' of these children. The majority are grandmothers, often widows, who have been left with children to raise. My mind drifted away imagining what life must be like for these women. The endless toil just to survive is beyond my understanding. I was thankful that for a few hours they could sit, be entertained and fed. The formality of this event seemed somehow fitting for the quiet dignity of these women.