Also from his annual reports, his favourite subjects at school have varied over the years from Siswati (national language) to maths, and most recently, science. However when I asked the question, he replied without hesitation and with a big grin, “English.” I suspect that he understands much more English than he lets on and that translation was not always necessary.
I had brought small gifts of stationery for Gcinumuzi and pieces of Australiana but what really touched me was his gift to me at the end of the visit – a huge pumpkin that he had grown! This from a family that lives in a mud brick hut with no electricity or running water and a little vegetable patch at the back. It was a most humbling experience. The World Vision representatives explained that this was a symbol of Swazi hospitality to visitors.
After the visit to the family, I was then taken to see the major project of the Macudvulwini area – the Water and Sanitation Project. Stage 1, the reservoir (with some irrigation facilities) has been completed and stage 2, reticulated water to central locations, is underway.
What can I say? The whole visit was a most memorable and enlightening experience. Apart from meeting my sponsored child and his family, I was able to see firsthand the difference that World Vision is making to this part of Swaziland.