Sowa town is 40 miles southwest of Nata. It is home to Bot Ash and the soda ash mine. While Sowa town is close to Nata, it is a world away. All the modern homes were built by the mine and have running water and electricity. The mine subsidizes Flamingo School, a private facility, where the children of the mine workers and other private pay students enjoy an excellent education. The school is air conditioned and they have a wonderful tennis court and grass football field. Every year the students participate in a week of outreach. This year the high school classes combined their efforts and chose to make donations to the orphans and people living in destitution in Nata village. The students all brought clothes, food, toiletries, school supplies and many other items to give to the people of Nata. The headmaster Mike Muller then surprised us with a donation of 115 pairs of high quality childrens shoes and sandals. The Nata AIDS and Orphan Trust will distribute the items to the needy people in Nata. This is the Trusts first donation from within Botswana. We want to congratulate the students for thinking of their neighbors in need. Technical Advisor Melody Jenkins provided a slide show presentation of the needs in Nata Village. A huge thanks to science teacher Marlien Varnfield for driving to Nata to pick up Melody and then returning to Nata with all the donations. We also want to thank teacher Maria Corbett for assisting us pack up the shoes and to the other teachers Bernie Robson, Stanley Inkope, Kealeboga Kale, and Wayne Talbot who all supported this project.
A special thanks to headmaster Mike Muller for those fantastic shoes. The Nata AIDS and Orphan Trust is very grateful for this donation and we appreciate the confidence you have in us to distribute the items equitably.