thanks and update

thanks for all your comments and emails. i can’t tell you how great it is to find letters in my inbox after hauling myself off a mountain-top, down a dirt footpath, onto a crowded and smelly bus, finally into an internet cafe where it takes ten minutes to load one page.

things are going really well at the school. i’m falling into a rhythm, getting a feeling for how things work here and how the students are used to learning. i asked all 248 of them to write a short composition about themselves. what a nightmare to grade, but a wonderful way to start to understand life here. some are just normal teenagers, others are on a mission to save their country, and many had me near tears with their life stories. everyone’s lost someone- a parent, two, family, friends. most have taken time off from school because they can’t pay the fees. some ask for help- sponsorship, a penpal- and i feel terrible saying no, but i can’t sponsor 248 of them.

what i can do is try to put together some materials for the school, which needs textbooks pretty badly. anyone who’s interested in helping, let me know. think: school library donations.

~ by aliciawolcott on February 21, 2007.

One Response to “thanks and update”

  1. I wrote an email to your Brown email address. Hope you got it. We like reading about your experiences. Stacy

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