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    Schedules and shuffling

    The second fortnight has passed quickly, I’m not sure if that is a result of me being busy or whether the mind gets used to little conversation! I now understand Robinson Crusoe much better!

    In reality it is all about how busy the environment is. The days start at 5:45, I sort my breakfast and stuff for school and either walk up to 3 miles or catch a bus for a journey of just over an hour. I’ll let you guess which I prefer. The bus journey is interesting as an experience. The fare is around M30 or some £2, for that you get transport that looks like something from “The Exotic Marigold Hotel”. As this is Lesotho, the journey would not be complete without eardrum shattering music. This can vary depending on the driver’s preferences. The one I prefer is the home spun music which seems to remind me of Italian village music. My least favourite are hymns which go on for ever and remind me of my childhood Sundays. The bus has the driver accompanied by his first mate and a guy who collects the fare. Tickets are written out on receipt of the fare but you then sit for the journey wondering if you’ll get change.

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    Thaba Tseka revisit 2019

    So what is it like to revisit an experience that changed your life. I guess the answer is different but strangely comfortable.

    Having felt at a loss coming back from Lesotho, I was lucky to get the chance to go out again this year. That feeling of loss was primarily because I felt that there was work to do and that I had no sense of closure. Perhaps that’s what this work is … a constant feeling that it will never be finished.

    The experience this time is different, no team of three, no one to whinge to when the day has been a disaster. There’s also that missing company when you finally sit down for a meal and realise that you’re looking at one knife, one fork and a single lonely little spoon. There’s no one to palm off the dish washing to either!!!

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About Dolen

What do we do?

We help to create lasting, positive change in the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho – and in communities here at home in Wales.

How do we do it?

Link by link. We introduce professionals from schools, hospitals and other organisations who share ideas and approaches. So one teacher learns a new technique from another – and she then goes and teaches that technique to her colleagues, who go on to show others how to do it too? Because they collaborate, schools improve, communities improve and whole districts improve. Kids grow up empowered, with their own ideas to share.

Where are we based?

Our UK office is in Cardiff but we work with communities and professionals across the whole of Wales.

 

"In health, education, environment and religion the partnership with Wales has been a real source of inspiration and hope to our people."

Kenneth Tsekoa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lesotho

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