I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the wonderful group of volunteers who not only made this trip a success for the project but also a pleasure for me. I especially want to thank those of you who flew to Lesotho, for shouldering the burden of paying for your own plane tickets. At $2000+ a pop this trip, that's a very generous donation to the cause.
Tony worked tirelessly throughout the entire trip, doing programming, setting up servers, customizing the learning system, and doing lesson preparations, not to mention teaching a few classes. He could be seen sitting day and night in the shade at his stone table or in the school office, rarely ever without an XO laptop in his hands. There was usually a glass of warm Coke nearby.
Tony is a retired programmer and has worked with OLPC projects in Nepal and Rwanda.
Mama Lolo is a retired teacher. She runs a B&B in Soweto.
Mary came to us as a wonderful, unexpected surprise. She had just recently moved to the village of Ketane and had read about our work on the internet. She hiked from Ketane to Nohana Primary School and back almost every day, in all kinds of weather, just to help us with training. She was great in the classroom, assisting students, prepping laptops, and helping with story time. She even climbed up on the roof to help me install solar panels. It was always a pleasure to see her warm smile.
Mary is a retired primary school teacher now serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ketane.
Sherrie is on the L2L Board and lives in Colorado.
Jennifer is Sherrie's daughter. She lives in North Carolina, where she has been helping 5th graders from the U.S. and Lesotho exchange pen pal letters for several years.
Mamatsepe is a talented young Mosotho woman, very computer savvy, fluent in English, and a natural teacher who has a great way with children. (Don't let it go to your head, kid.) We were very fortunate to have her assistance. She provided simultaneous translations during interviews and lessons, as well as teaching XO laptop lessons on her own. When teachers were absent, she stepped into their classrooms as a substitute teacher.
Mamatsepe currently lives in Maseru, but she plans to move to Kokobe soon to do volunteer service full time for L2L.