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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Two girls and a tractor


This was another busy, but very fruitful week at Heart for Africa.  Let me start by sharing the new launch of the website.  Our son Spencer was offered a job at EY consulting in Chicago, but with Covid-19 hitting the world, his start date was pushed back to January 2021, so we took the opportunity to hire him as an interim Marketing Manager at Heart for Africa. The first thing he tackled was creating a new website for Khutsala Artisans. He worked closely on the design with Maggie Taylor (who did all the stunning photography) and Lisa Borders on content. We have a limited number of stunning new charcuterie boards, that just landed in the US this past week and lots of beautiful SwaziMUD product and UNITY collection pieces.  Please take a moment to check it out today. If you are interested in getting more involved with Khutsala, please check out our Ambassador and Affiliate programs on the site (and shop too!).  If you are interested in the Marketing Manager position later in the fall, please email  


Nokwanda and Nokuphiwa FINALLY arrived at Project Canaan after taking a repatriation flight home from the US, through Nairobi, Kenya. When they landed they were immediately whisked away to a hotel in the most northern part of Eswatini and literally locked in a hotel for 11 days. That was NOT what we were told was going to happen, and we expected to pick them up and quarantine them at The Lodge on Project Canaan. But alas, on Thursday we were told that their SECOND Covid-19 test was negative (third one in two weeks) and we could pick them up. Ian and I were happy to make the five-hour drive to finally see the girls, and bring them home. The children were so thrilled to have Phiwa back and the “pied piper” lead “her people” around campus.  Thank you to everyone who made their journey a good one.



For our farmer friends, you will join in our excitement that a new tractor arrived from China this week! It’s a John Deere 6110B and we passed it on the bridge as we left the farm to go and pick up the girls at the hotel.  Ian was so excited about it, but not nearly as excited as Arlyn and his 3-year-old son, Owen, who thinks we bought it so that he can ride with his papa to feed the cows without being in the dust all day (it has doors).

We’ve celebrated birthdays, enjoyed net ball games and this weekend each house will visit the Swazi homestead for some fun food, cultural dancing and stories of the days of old. All in all, it’s been a great week. I hope you have had a good one too.


Please be sure to go to today and share the link on your Facebook page so your friends and family can see it too!  Thank you.


Live from Eswatini … it’s time for a cup of coffee with the puppies.




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