Things in Kalomo seem to be falling into place for me!!!! I have begun to do some youth ministry and am doing a Christian Life Training course with the young adults. I found a wonderful resource that has a lot of practical life skills for African young people. I'm excited about the material and am greatful to have discovered such a valuable resource!!! I've started meeting with the youth executive committee so I can be in on the ground floor of planning youth programming.
I've also started a youth mentoring program to help some of the orphans that we sponsor (however, new students show up everyday who hear about the program...so it is already broadening...lol). This program will help with challenges that students have in school subjects. Students are only in school about three hours a day, there are so many students that they don't all fit in the school at the same time. Another issue is that schools have almost no books nor other resources to use which makes teaching more challenging! The mentoring program will also provide activities and accompaniment for students during out of school hours.
The third project that is underway is setting up a computer teaching lab. A very generous group from Ireland is sending some computers and when they arrive I will begin teaching computer classes.
There is a building on the parish grounds that has a room available for me to use. The parish counsel has been meeting to figure out what kind of security needs to be done to keep the computers secure and also the electrical work that needs to be done. The challenge is to figure out how to make the computer program self-sustainable. It will be a big challenge for the parish to figure out how to pay for the preparations that need to take place and the continued cost of electricity, etc.
We had visitors from Ireland in Kalomo this week: two sisters (who work for the Presentation Global Education project) and two teachers, who teach in one of the Presentation schools. The two teachers will be returning next year around this same time to bring 10 students to Kalomo for a service trip! The end of June we will have another group coming from Ireland to do numerous projects...busy, busy, busy!