Solar Panels for Syakalinda
Today was the day to install solar panels for Syakalinda Primary School. This school is 4.5km off the tarmac road but we managed to cope with the ruts and bumps and get there in a couple of hours. We were welcomed eagerly (in fact they phoned several times to check our progress!)
The school is in a beautiful setting with lush vegetation around – at least at this time of year. A public holiday has been announced at the last minute by President Lungo. This was probably sensible in view of the fact that we’ve got Women’s Day-today-Sat-Sun-Youth’s Day(Mon). Everyone was going to be in holiday mood today anyway.
As we arrived the children were all lining up to receive nshima as part of a government feeding program. Nshima is made of corn and is starchy and filling with little nutritional value.
Members of staff and PTA were on hand to carry out the installation of the panels under Howard’s watchful eye. As always, climbing on the roof looked scary!
Celebrations and thanks followed!