Ron’s been doing most of the blogging these days, and I couldn’t help but notice the same woman in one of his posts as in one my earlier ones. That’s Angelina on the left, holding her baby. She was one of the first students in our
community center’s women’s literacy class. She also spoke eloquently how women, especially widows, were sacrificing their income-producing time (mainly gathering and selling firewood in the market) to go to class.
And here she is (again on the left) in Ron’s post about the distribution of personal battery kits. I haven’t asked Angelina what she will do with her PBK, but I have a feeling that providing mobile-phone charging will be a part of her use. (South Sudan has leaped over land lines to cell phones. While I was there, people listened to the radio, stored music, and checked the internet on their phones as well as talked; mobiles are a valuable educational resource.) There’s a constant, growing market for charging phones.
Through her connections with the community center, now Angelina has a potential source of income beyond gathering firewood. Way to go, Angelina!