Thursday, June 26, 2014

We Will Hold Thumb For It

Ann Sponberg Peterson writes:

In the summer of 2011, Empowering Learners celebrated the successful shipment of a 40-foot sea container to the North of Namibia.  This sea container, filled with books and computers for the benefit of Oshigambo and Nkurenkuru Lutheran High Schools, was the result of months of fundraising.  It was a terrific achievement and many of us thought it might be quite some time before we could replicate those efforts. 

Well, with some amount of good fortune, recent generous gifts, capable leadership in Namibia, and through some very worthy partnerships, this effort has indeed been replicated … in fact it has been replicated two-fold. 

Empowering Learners is pleased to report that in partnership with Books for Africa and the United States Peace Corps, two more sea containers are en route to Walvis Bay, Namibia, for the benefit of school children in the North. 

These two containers, each weighing some 40,000 pounds, are filled, in part, with 23,000 donated library and text books, 30 refurbished DELL desktop computers, 30 external hard drives, multiple sets of Encyclopedia Britannica, multiple classroom map libraries, and more.  What a wonderful inventory!  These educational materials are bound for the Primary School in Oniipa, the library at Oshigambo High School, the Josef Shifeta Primary School in Ongenga, and the Nangombe Combined School in Okahao.  The pallets benefitting the Peace Corps project (15,000 more books!) are headed to a combined school near Rundu.  We’re grateful that a portion of our shipment is hitching a ride in their container.  

We also hear from our friends at Bollore Logistics in Walvis Bay, that the containers are (as of today) due to arrive in port on Wednesday, July 9. Once the containers clear customs they will be trucked to the North and delivered to the schools.  We look forward to hearing from our friends that everything has arrived in good order. 

I have written on previous occasions how wonderful it is to receive messages from our friends and loved ones in Namibia.  These messages usually arrive in the middle of the night and reading them in the morning makes for a lovely start to the day. 

Just recently in one of these exchanges I learned a new phrase.
“We will hold thumb for it.” 

This phase, I have learned, is an Afrikaans expression similar to our “keeping our fingers crossed.”  And so now, in addition to hoping that all is well, eager that the containers enjoy safe and secure passage, and being deeply grateful for so many friendships … I add to this recitation … We will hold thumb for it!        

God’s Work, Our Hands.  With fingers crossed and holding thumbs!  We will keep track in these coming days of the status of our containers, where they are en route, and we will share the hoped-for news of their arrival in the North. 

Thank you.  Thank you all for your generous gifts.
Blessings to you and yours!

Empowering Learners. 

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