After my last posting on LISA (Lost in Sri Aman) last year I made it a point to catch up with this little girl in the picture. Maybe it was luck that I was updating some of the pictures in my blog when the picture reminded me of that promise I made to myself. Seeing her walking towards the kindergarden which was about 2 km away with the mum in tow carrying her daughter's heavy school bag showed how determined she was.
And as I was about to leave a familiar figure of a little girl with cap and the mum as usual trying to catch up appeared at the kindy entrance. I finally met the mysterious little girl and was informed by her teacher that she is in her final year of kindy. The mum introduced her as Lina and I adviced her to study hard as she was also not used to some 'City looking stranger' asking questions. I promised to Lina's teacher and mum that I will do what I can with regards to connecting the kindy with electric supply and find some ways to bring in one PC either from donors or KEMAS adminstrators. But first thing first.
Google map of Lina's Home & school somewhere in the Munggu Tapang area - Google map from 3600 feet elevation. Its about 40km from Sri Aman Town. The visit was quite an eye opener and I hope to visit other kindies in the course of inspecting other development projects in the Division. It is not only the chidlren that needs the education - I too need some reeducation on the needs and shortcomings of rural kindies such as these.