by Catherine “Kit” & George Greer
As we drove toward Livingstone, our cab driver chatted about our destination (the Zig Zag Inn) and commented that he was pleased when American travelers stepped off the typical tourist track in Zambia. He was sure it would only enhance our experience. How right he was.
The Zig Zag Inn, with Mercy and the rest of its welcoming staff, its charming garden and flower-draped rooms, was a perfect home base for our visits to Tusa Munyandi and Ray of Hope. We especially enjoyed our visits with Ernest and Arysius at Tusa Munyandi. What incredibly hope-filled and gracious men they are. They spent more than an hour with us, showed us the site of the preschool, and walked us around the neighborhood. They impressed us with their optimism. We came away sure that few organizations anywhere do so much with so little.
We also spent several hours with Agnes Yombwe, and we are delighted that she will be the Giving Circle’s representative in Livingstone. She will be a very perceptive voice for us, and one who will bring a broad perspective to GSGC.
Later in Cape Town we had the opportunity to see joyful Jikeleza in action, and to meet its charismatic founder, Edmund. Watching tiny girls dance vigorously, and slurp their snacks with equal vigor was a rewarding way to spend an afternoon. Seeing teen girls of all shapes and sizes throw themselves into the dancing was especially impressive. Edmund and his staff have helped these young women develop a self confidence that many would envy. No wonder the program is so highly regarded, both within and outside the township.
We were incredibly humbled by watching our dollars work so hard. The leaders of these programs and the children with whom they work are genuinely inspirational. Our donation to the Giving Circle is one of the most meaningful donations we make, and we are honored to be part of the group.