Peggy continues with the nitty-gritty of her story – as partner to Irene and Kabubbu volunteer…

“As volunteers we were very moved with each visit to Kabubbu by the Development Challenge. Each of the three or four groups of volunteers were assigned, with a local member of staff, to a very needy and desperate family in the outlying area. The aim was to find ways we could help to make their lives more purposeful. We’d meet our family at their home, and then that evening discuss in our group the best way to help them – not only temporary support, but initiatives that could give them new ways to help themselves in the future…  We bought gardening tools, vegetable seeds, maize, some chickens, etc.  This was a very humbling experience.

On our second visit as volunteers a couple of years later we could see that Irene’s mother had to work each day in a quarry, where she spent the day smashing large stones into small ones (for road use). This work paid for her rent each week. We later decided to pay for a brick bungalow to be built for her and her family, which negated the need for her having to work in the quarry to pay the rent. She was then able to rent a small shed in which she set up her own little business as a shop selling grains, paraffin etc. We could see that this made a huge difference to the whole family. It was quite emotional for us to see how proud they were to have their own small business and for Irene’s mother not to have to do such hard, physical work in the quarry. We had great fun going to the local market to barter for some furniture for their new home. The children were grinning from ear to ear to see a lorry pull up with a rug, chairs and table to furnish their home.”

Next: Peggy enrolls her family into her vision…

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