June 2010 Prosper's Opportunity
Prosper has had the opportunity to go down to do a short volunteer contract with Viva network in South Africa. He is involved with a kids programme in the townships while the world cup is going on.
"Its a holiday programme called ' Keep Them Safe' for all children - 80 thousand are expected altogether. Its to take place in 13 different townships. Hundreds of kids per project are to be taken through different activities and workshops in the four divisions
1. Culture and performing Arts
2. Art and crafts
I am kind of in a supervising role, so I get to go around all the projects (which are quite far apart) ensuring that all is running smoothly. Some project facilitators do not have prior experience in this sort of thing.
At the end of the month, the different projects will all come together and compare the different creations. We will also have a performing arts show off and presents awarded to the best. I will also come in in the third week as a skilled facilitator in different projects to assist them to polish up their presentations for the final performances."
We are hoping he will be able to travel back through Zimbabwe and follow up all our new contacts there from the training Ian did.
Tuesday 18th May 10 - report on minibus accident:
"Firstly all seem to be well. Ray has a bit of backache. I spoke to Carol
this morning and she is tired and resting but otherwise ok. Nelson is staying
with us till tomorrow when he will head back up to Kakumiro. He is ok. The wound
on his leg is quite minor and is healing well. He does not appear to have any
other ill effects (except tiredness).
Monday 15th March 10 - message from Ian on his travels north
Tuesday 2nd March 10 - message from Ian in Zimbabwe...........
I am having a very productive and interesting time here in Harare. Not much time to explain a lot now so that may need to wait till I meet up with Steve in Burundi in a couple of weeks. Arrived on Friday afternoon and got stuck in straight away by meeting up with 2 youth groups at Central Baptist Church. Then had an all day training in Foundations of Youth ministry with about 40 youth leaders from the various Baptist Churches from the greater Harare district. This was very well received and it would appear from the feedback so far that the training we are offering is both new and needed. Yesterday I got a grand tour of the city (exhausting) then met the Central Baptist youth team for an evening training session. In this time I did a focussed youth ministry clinic looking at the issues/challenges they have with the work they are doing and looking specifically at how to make their work more youth friendly. Central was originally a traditional, conservative, white church. It is now about 80% African but still has a fair amount of left over tradition. The encouraging thing is the obvious desire to change and grow, especially noticeable when talking with Asafa who is both pastor and president of the Baptist Union for Zimbabwe. He and his family are hosting me.
Today I will be meeting with a group of seminary students who are involved with youth ministry.
Jan 2010: A Small Rant from Ian..................
Everyone comments on the road outside our house. Many photos have been taken of it. Arguments have raged about it. Long and intense discussions have taken place about it.
But it remains a muddy, wet, dirt track….
Well, remained! It has just gotten a whole lot worse. And typically on a day when we had a team of guests arriving.
Mid afternoon I returned home from Entebbe to find multiple piles of dirt, big ones, in regular heaps along the entire stretch outside our compound, with our gate in the middle. An hour later I went out again, in our 4 wheel drive to pick up a group of guests.
On return we found that the heaps had been spread, not with a grader, not with a roller, but with a small mechanical digger!!!
Even in 4WD and low ratio and diff lock……. We failed to get through.
The neighbours delighted in seeing all the luggage being heaved over the wall and a bedraggled group of bazungu (plural for white people) getting plastered in mud on their way into my house.
Today the boys have spent 5 hours with hoes and shovels trying to sort the mess out. Result? Well almost…..I just about got in this afternoon in 4WD and low ratio and diff lock…….Yup! An improvement!!
But now its raining………………………………..