The first step starts with the trust identifying in rural schools, scholars whose homes do not have electricity. Following that, in a second step, before solar lamps are given to scholars, their school grades are recorded, as a reference point. They are both shown how the solar lamps work and how to care for them. The fourth step intervenes after using the first 2 terms. The trust will revisit the scholars and check school grades to determine whether the use of solar lamps have had any impact on their education. The programme has had a tremendous effect so far but to make even more impact, it was clear more solar lamps were needed.
As a Trust coordinator the one thing I dread is seeing a need in education and not being able to find a solution. I decided to use a different approach. Instead of the traditional request of sponsorship to corporate companies, simply asking them to support the cause of education through solar lamps in rural Botswana, I would appeal the companies through an innovative strategy.
The rest of the story would take a very surprising twist. The support team was responsible for transport, setting up camp, meals and rehydration options for the walk. I walked km during 2 nights from the 8th to 10 th of September , stopping for rest every 6km.
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The first night I set off at 5. The following night I left Kubu Island at 10 pm, walking back to Mosu and arrived at 9.
With the team support behind me, quitting was anything but an option. At one point, after covering 63km, I had muscle spasm on my left calf but the heroic medic on duty was able to massage the strained muscle and get me back into condition.
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I am generally considered a very fit person, but the Makgadikgadi have the reputation to break the strongest minds. What I have not shared so far is that I started the walk with a group of 80 other participants that were inspired to go on adventure with me, and ended up with just over 40 people making it to the finish line. With nothing on the horizon to see for kilometres, with only head lamps and the brightest full moon as light, it is in fact very easy succumb to the temptation of quitting.
But not for me! One anecdotal fact is that as the sun rose in the morning of the 09 th of September, with only 12km to go, I was inspired to stop and take time to admire the beauty of my country famous pans. I also appreciated the brightness of this star, the Sun that would be powering the scholar lamps once I had completed the walk. Every night she is harassed by Mongolian horse-riders for entertainment, who try to steal her tent and other precious gear.
Eventually, to avoid the riders, Sarah starts to wake up before dawn, walks until mid-afternoon, and then finds a place to hide for the night - optimally, a cement sewage pipe.
Despite being out of "the washing machine" and away from the Mongols, Sarah is far from in the clear. Knowing the dangers of traveling alone as a woman, Sarah uses multiple tactics to maintain a low-profile.
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She walks disguised as a man, rarely makes fires, and never cooks and eats in the same place. But even with all her caution, Sarah still runs into trouble.
In the jungles of Laos, she comes down with dengue fever and must tie herself to a tree so that she can't drown herself in a nearby river from a fever-induced delirium. A few days later, she is taken prisoner by drug dealers with automatic weapons, who let her go after a night. In , after 3 arduous years, Sarah arrives at her final destination: a little tree in Australia that she had found during her years trekking around The Outback. She touches the tree, sits down, and it is over. She has walked 10, miles through two continents, six countries, eight pairs of walking boots, and three-thousand cups of tea.
The Power of Presence. How was this ordinary women able to do this incredible feat? Her ability to remain present. When you are present you don't think about how far you've come or how far you have to go - a soul-crushing thought on a 10, mile walk.
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So, you live the moment. This is not a mindset unique to Sarah.
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