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30 January 02    I visited the literacy project last Monday morning and found Miriam in school, amongst the rest of the happy kids. For those of you who can receive a picture, here she is! In the front of the group, all smiles, in the blue-green shirt.vignet9.gif (208509 bytes)

Miriam told her teacher (in the back of the photo) that her father is a drunkard who always refused to take her to school. However, he did go to the class and has promised to buy her some books. We'll hope that's true.

Thank you to all those who emailed me good wishes. I'll never forget the sight of this child, so dirty, a stump of sugar cane clutched in one hand & a look of fierce determination on her face, braving the unknown white compound.

4 February