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Cliff the Cowboy!

Inspiration in a Cowboy Hat

sunny 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.

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Us on a cliff

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Us on a cliff with Cliff with Cliff!

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Batoga Gorge

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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!'

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Spot Rob!

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The teachers - Gloria, Pumta, Exildah and Pol

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'Cliff The Cowboy'

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'Pol the Cowgirl' (Note Zambian flag in background)

It is incredible what can be achieved with a bit of vision, some energy and faith.

Posted by robandpol 00:15 Archived in Zambia

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Hi there ! just got back from france and got onto the computer to follow your blog so pleased to see photos and find newnews. Sorry you've beenpoorly.
Took dad to stay at mas de mon pellier - he loved it .tell you more later. Dominiquesent greetings to you.

by jean

Hi Polly and Rob

Still keeping up to speed with your amazing journey.

Just a quick note to send my best wishes on your 6th wedding anniversary. I hope you find an extra special way of celebrating.

Lots of love.

Claire :)

by Claire Newing

AWESOME to connect with you via your blog.

Cliff's doing a v special thing, great that you could witness that.

Happy Anniversary! Wonder where you are and what you'll be toasting 6 years with.

Go go go...!

Love Big sis
PS thanks for great Vic Falls card

REPLY FROM ROB AND POL

Anniversary was spent in the bush... toasted with hot chocolate made form powdered milk - surprisingly very tasty!

by Big sis

awesome story guys! i will def look out for him at vic falls. it is amazing to come across people with such big hearts!
love the blog. hope you enjoying the lake!
keep on keeping on!

by Chris Fisher

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