Today was the start of our meetings with communities in the Mazabuka district. In the morning we visited Mabanze and in the afternoon Maunga. The Maunga district was particularly enthusiastic about our plans for Growing Futures and they showed it by appearing with the greatest range of stakeholders present in any meeting, we even had a counsellor present who will now take our plans up to regional counsel meetings and inform them of the work we are doing. After the meeting we sat and ate with him, he regularly attends very local level meetings with the community and it was great to see how positive he was about our project.
Left picture: Wilson, far left, starts the meeting at the Mabanze community school. He explains how Growing Futures builds on top of our previous work in the area and how all of our projects support each other and the community.
Right picture: Here is the Maunga community meeting, I am on the far left hand side and the district counsellor is the seventh from the right in the beige chequered shirt. What I really like about him is that you cannot, by the way he dresses, tell him apart from others at the meeting. After all, how can you represent the community if you are not one of the community?