To do woodwork or not to do woodwork?
That was the question I asked myself at the beginning of this term when I was approached to give wood work classes at Thembi Nkosi, as the woodwork teacher at Thembi Nkosi had passed away.
I was exited to get started as I only had Tuesday mornings to help out. But when I started, I got the shock of my life when I saw what the classroom and tools looked like.
Tools: Out a class of 30 students, they had a few odd’s and ends; nothing really good to get a job done, and their storeroom was a giant mess. It took us 2 days to get it sorted out. Now that I knew what I had to work with, I could go and buy the other things I needed.
I went to the school’s head mistress and asked what the situation was with regards money for tools. She told me to get a quote and we can see. So I did and I came in at a good price. Now it was time to find a payment method. I went to my shop and asked if we can pay by cheque and they agreed. I went back and forth between the shop and the school and finally — with cheque in hand — I went to the shop again and bought my tools. So exiting!
Now that it is time to pay, we see there is a problem on the cheque! Since they cannot accept the incorrect cheque, back to the school I go to get a new one. When I get to the school, the person who needs to sign is not there; so into the car we get off we go to find her.
After a whole day of traveling back and forth, the task was finally done: I had paid for the tools, gone home and sorted everything out.
The following day, I went back to the school and dropped off the tools. The students were so exited to see their new tools. We made a new stock list, repacked the store room and organized all the tools.
Now we are ready to start the new year with a bang…