Today is Saturday. This morning we slept in a little (obviously we needed it after our late night last night). Grace and Carol headed over to Windmill Centre, a high-end local place with black light bowling. They bowled for an hour or so, played at the arcade for a while, and then had lunch at “Spur” complete with an ice cream for dessert that looked like a clown! Buske spent the morning working on a secret project. That’s right–3 weeks together and we still have “secrets.”
This evening we relaxed a little and the family at the guesthouse hosted another Brie (sp?) for us! Dinner was AMAZING…steak, pumkin tart, amazing potatoes, lamb, and a dessert made special by their 11 year old daughter. It was delicious.. we are going to be sad to say good-bye to them tomorrow.
Over dinner, we learned that their housekeeper, Maria, had been arrested. A 13 year old girl, for whom she is the legal guardian, was raped. There was some mix up over where the police was supposed to pick her up. They failed to pick her up as arranged and Maria was arrested and jailed along with the rapist. The court later released her; we think the police realized that they failed to pick her up as they were supposed to. The little girl ran away when Maria was arrested. When located, she initially refused to return home because the rapist had threatened her and was out on bail. The irony was that Maria was jailed over night and the rapist was immediately released on bail without spending any time in jail.
The owners of the guesthouse were upset, irate, and worried about the situation. Maria has worked for them for 15 years and they consider her a member of the family. When they shared their story with us, we knew we had to help. We contacted the director of ChildWelfare, the NGO that provides services to child victims (that we had met last week), and Inez who is in charge of the Legal Aid Clinic at UFS. They both promptly responded and promised to help. We were glad we were able to help the family and connect them with resources.