|Our student's bibi's bed|
|Making porridge for her stepbrother|
Last week, Mama Grace and our assistant Tom followed through with our commitment to rebuild part of the hut using not soil, but soil bricks. These should withstand conditions better and allow the Bibi some comfort when night falls. Equally important, R will be able to focus on her studies and her own personal health, instead of being preoccupied with what is happening outside of school and what awaits her return.
This dynamic - a situation at home that is threatening financially and even personally - marks the lives of many of our students. Mama Grace and school administrators counsel our students to take care of themselves and their studies.... put themselves first, so that eventually their own success will allow them to take care of others. This message, however, is a difficult one to absorb as a teenager or young adult.
We hope that a secured home will allow R. to stop dwelling on what awaits her at home during breaks... and will allow her bibi simply to rest.