Article for St Helena Independent - to be published.
Thea surprised us all. For a start she was a girl . She was neither the oldest nor the brightest. She was one of the more disabled in our troupe of mixed-ability children. She had been reluctant to join. She was shy. Yet there was no mistaking it. Thea (short for Sokunthea) had emerged as their leader. All the children were poor . That’s why they were with us. They just wanted to be like “normal” children  able to learn Computing and English, a small element in our project for mainly poor and disabled people with two main components. One was to improve livelihoods. The other “was to do something about their low status”.