Weighing in on everything from avocados to Zimbabwe

Weighing in on everything from avocados to Zimbabwe

America to Zim: Day 6

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Another long(-feeling, at least) trek today, this time to the primary school where Caution teaches. They were having a parents' meeting and elections, which meant about two hours(!) of sitting on a bench while various officials droned on. There was a long discussion in a plan to put electricity in the school and another long discussion of a plan to raise school fees and another long discussion about serving porridge to the students for breakfast. Then elections. Then more elections. Finally Joseph got up and said his bit about MBIRA support of the school. He even threw in a Shona proverb, which made the room erupt with laughter. After the meeting, there was another meeting with the newly elected school committee in which they made us play and took cell phone videos (mental note: search for "varungu mbira" on YouTube) and tried to give us mangos. Two highlights: getting to play a little with Sekuru Bapiro and walking up to the school while the students hung out the doors and windows chanting "Varungu! Varungu!"

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