As we drove along the path, I looked closely for Buyomba School, which we were on our way to visit, but I saw no sign of a building or students. After we had traveled deeper into the bushes, Steven pointed and said, "Look over there, under the tree."
When I saw children sitting under its branches, I realized this large shade tree was Buyomba School. Near the trunk was one of the school's teachers, Mary, standing proudly over the children like a shepherdess guarding her flock.
As I admired Mary's interactions with the children, Steven explained that when Mary was younger, she would walk barefoot for several miles on the dusty roads to get to and from school. Mary's mother prayed for her safe return every day, fearing Mary would be run over or kidnapped.