Cholera, Malaria, drought, hunger. Africa can be a hard place.Continue reading Not all plain sailing
The driver, badly hung over, the usual pack of supplies, food and drink, forgotten in a bleary rush to get to his locomotive on time. Now, the fireman’s ok, got his supplies for the long trip, no problem. Driver sees him swigging from his water bag as he rues the absence of his own, constantly reminded of his thirst by the foetid post-alcohol dryness on his swollen sorry tongue.Continue reading Black Humour
Magwero School for the Deaf
This post is what the fundraising for my young friend Ketty is all about. This is the school which holds our future hopes. Difference between an education, and zero prospects for a young deaf girl who is not understood by anyone in the community except her close relatives.Continue reading Magwero School for the Deaf
Climbing Everest barefoot for charity (not)
People doing fundraising often do some challenge. My friend Bryony (who is involved in the charitable website ‘ulingana’ with me) has just run a half marathon. But she’s young! And my knee cartilage (skiing legacy!) will not allow me to run. I could spend money to raise money (!) by …say….jumping out of an aeroplane dressedContinue reading Climbing Everest barefoot for charity (not)
Tales of a firefly – early days of an artist?
In the same way that a blind person’s sense of hearings is often greatly enhanced, so with Ketty her sense of ‘seeing things’ is much more acute than the average person. The first time we met, we went for a walk through the garden and orchard of the NGO. I loved that everything, we had toContinue reading Tales of a firefly – early days of an artist?