Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Meet the head teacher, and update on Tiphelele

Tiphelele is doing well. See the picture of Tiphelele and her mom, Bongiwe below. She was released from the hospital last Tuesday after spending 9 days in the hospital. She returned yesterday for a check-up. The Dr. said she is doing fine. Isn't she just adorable? She's God's little gift. Thank you to all of you for your prayers. I will continue to check on her often.

Meet the new head teacher (principal) of Lomngeletjane: Busisiwe Mndzebele. She was the deputy teacher (assistant principal) of one of our Methodist Primary Schools and she is one of my favorite teachers. She is very well qualified, which is actually how she got the position over two male head teachers, including the head teacher of the school she was at. She has a certificate, diploma and degree and has been teaching for 18 years.

She started yesterday (Monday) and we've already spent a lot of time talking about the school, dreams, issues, etc. We are both excited about working with each other. Another great thing is that the school she came from had a garden to grow vegetables for the school and had got several grants from the government to make improvements to the school. She also believes the children, parents and community have a responsibility to help build the school and take care of it. She has also already sent a couple of letters to the appropriate people in the government asking for student and teacher furniture. This is a big YEABO!

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