Inspiration in a Cowboy Hat
03.08.2009 28 °C
Cliff used to work for one of the tour companies and noticed a disturbing phenomenon: Livingstone was becoming more and more divided. The tourists were too scared to go to the 'black' areas and the blacks becoming resentful of the tourists, thus the black areas were becoming more and more unsafe for visitors and the community becoming more and more resentful of the wealthy whites.
He started tours into the township areas.. first on foot.. then he got a loan and bought a bike to hire out.. but on the second day he had 2 customers so he needed another bike... and so it spiralled.. he now has 40 bikes for rent, employs tour guides and has used all the profit into making a Pre-school.
Us on a cliff
Us on a cliff with Cliff with Cliff!
The story of the school is depicted in this mural. The school started with Cliff's wife teaching their 2 children and 3 neighbors in the shade of a straw roof. The community saw a change in these kids and so wanted their children to attend too. Unfortunately Cliff's wife died a couple of years ago but with the help of a Dutch school teacher (who met cliff on one of his tours), the school is thriving. The institution now has 3 full time teachers, 100 kids, 4 classrooms and is looking to expand!
We were invited to visit the school to talk about our trip.. we jumped at the opportunity and enjoyed every moment.
The kids are soo lovely, they all wear little blue hats because it's 'The Local Cowboy Pre school!'
The teachers - Gloria, Pumta, Exildah and Pol
'Cliff The Cowboy'
'Pol the Cowgirl' (Note Zambian flag in background)
It is incredible what can be achieved with a bit of vision, some energy and faith.