February 1, 2012One Brick at a Time
My community organized themselves to help build the new Matau Primary School, literally with their hands.
It is an exahausting backbreaking process. A true labor of love. In just four months, they have produced nearly 400,0000 bricks.
From dead anthills, they extracted the best clay, mixed it with sand, packed it into molds which they lay under the sun for 4-6 weeks. The bricks are then molded by hand before they are baked in a kiln.
The late headman (village elder) Va Magaba told me, "We know Oprah Winfrey, Save the Children and the world are behind us. We want to let them know that we appreciate the gift of an education very much."
Brick by brick, the walls of the classrooms have started to go up. There is a sense of pride that everyone feels when they see the school slowly come to life; a sense of ownership, as if they left a part of their heart in those walls.
I am on my way to Zimbabwe today. I will visit the school on Friday. Can't wait to tell you all about it.