Monday brought yet another 5:30 AM wake up. Someone caught word that the hostel provided free breakfast so we trudged to the dining room and were overwhelmed to find a full continental breakfast complete with chips (fries), sausage, and hardboiled eggs! After weeks of peanut butter and cheap crackers, we were grateful to have stumbled upon this unexpected feast.
We refueled and felt ready to take on the day. Trusty Francis rolled up in the van at 6:30 on the dot. We drove to the top of the plateau to meet Greg and Keith of World Vision, and continued to the Zomba World Vision office to pick up Eva, the Water and Sanitation Coordinator, and Paul Nchata, the Donor Relations Field Liason. We followed the World Vision pick-up down the dusty road through the mountainside. These were the roughest roads we had experienced and we feared for our poor van. Every now and again we’d hear a horrible crack or bang from underneath the car and Francis would hop out, inspect the damage, and then continue on our way.
We made it to the World Vision Area Development Program in one piece. We observed a water demonstration conducted by the “water committee,” a group of students interested in water purification. They show us the shallow hole on the outskirts of the schoolyard from which they collect their water. Three boys and three girls showed us how they purify their water using P&G packets. We later went to a community where we met with Florence, an HIV positive mother, who explained to us the ways in which clean drinking water has improved her quality of life and health.
Finally, we said our goodbyes to Dr. Greg. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have spent this week with such an influential philanthropist and UNC alumnus. It has been incredible to work closely with the director of this innovative non-profit. We hope to see him again soon. Go Heels!