This morning we woke up early and drove to Malindza to meet with our friend Nomfundo. She showed us where the Malindza community garden was located. We purchased over 800 rands worth of produce: lettuce, spinach, carrots, green peppers, and cabbages. The farmers were so happy to receive such a high request (for instance 50 bundles of spinach that filled our trunk of the car). It was wonderful to support rural farmers instead of just a grocery store. (Thanks Mitali). When we delivered the food to the primary and secondary school, the headmasters were thrilled. When we were unloading the tons of produce, all of a sudden a spider the size of Katy (or so she thought – it was actually more of a large peach size) came crawling out of a cabbage. Katy was gone in a split second…running and crying. She wants me to emphasize that this was a serious matter. The spider was hairy and scary.
We walked up to the Maziya homestead and played a round of Candyland Swazi style with Celimpilo, Mazwi, Samkelo, Amber, Katy, Kait, and a neighbor boy. I left the board game there years ago and it was nice to see that they are still playing with it. All of the little people are missing now except 2, so we used sticks, leaves, rocks, broken pieces of beer bottles, and other litter to mark our place. Mazwi won which made his (and my) night. What a sweet boy.
After visiting with the kids, our new friend Hannock took us to a local wholesaler. We bought 10 of everything for our 10 sets of families: 10kg sugar, 10kg beans, 2L cooking oil, matches, 10kg rice, soap, and canned fish. I cant wait to deliver next week… the kids will be thrilled to no longer have to beg from neighbors.
This morning we woke up and drove to Matsapha to our meat wholesaler. We purchased 150kg chicken and 100kg minced meat for our primary school children (Thanks again Mitali). It filled the entire trunk of our car (GROSS)! When we got to the school the headmaster called the 7th grade boys to come get the food from our trunk. Every time they grabbed another bag, they yelled “CHICKEN!!” and hugged us. The headmaster had the cook ready and waiting for it. They actually cooked some of it today for lunch and later when we saw Celimpilo, she said it was delicious and they “ate like kings” today. Usually these children only eat meat for Christmas. Now they will be able to eat it once a week at school for lunch.