Robyn Cox and her husband, Alan, worked in Botswana for two years from 2005 to 2007. Supported by Skillshare International, they were both fundraisers, Robyn for a human rights organisation and Alan for a centre treating children with HIV/AIDS.
“Pula, Pula, Pula” is the warmly personal and often amusing portrayal of these two years. The name of Botswana’s currency, ‘pula’ also means rain and blessing; three key themes in this book. In sharing their story about working in development, Robyn provides an insight into the terrible impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana, the true story behind the internationally famous case of the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari, and a range of other social issues, from the struggle for gender equality to the conflict between local communities, wildlife and tourism developments.
Over the two years she is in the country, Robyn develops a deeper understanding and a love for Botswana, its history, people and vast tracts of wilderness. With her husband, she travels throughout Botswana, revelling in the superb wildlife and surviving challenges from boggy roads in remote areas to a terrifying experience in the middle of a Kalahari night.
Cliff Allum, Chief Executive of Skillshare International, says:
"Robyn's account of her time as a Skillshare development worker is enlightening and entertaining for anyone interested in volunteering in Africa - whether in person or from an armchair."