National Geographic : 1963 Dec
Investment in children: a YWCA nursery school (right) in rural Kanyanya district. Mrs. Victoria Kibuka (below, left) and her husband, with 10 children of their own, built the mud-walled, tin-roofed UGANDA school and opened it to neighboring youngsters. Mothers come to hear talks on nutrition. Here the author claps her hands in appreciation of a song of welcome. Class listens to Mrs. Fannie Byrd (center), the YWCA adviser to Uganda from the United States. Mrs. Rockefeller (right) watched children draw on slates and count with bottle caps. their education and skills into the country's villages and farm areas." Once in the field, the girls combine teach ing and welfare work in somewhat the same way our Peace Corps does. They may find themselves helping to collect goats and sheep for landslide victims, as well as teaching the Greek alphabet. In the main YWCA center in Athens, we saw the first-and still the only -s chool for librarians in Greece, established by the YW only last year. Then we were introduced to a group of 922 girls who were going to Australia as domes tic servants-part of a program of planned emigration. Twelve hundred girls have been going to Australia from Greece each year, and the YW has been helping to prepare them. They have jobs and family sponsors waiting for them there. "It's a frightening plunge for them," said Maria Tsakonakou, YW staff member in charge of the group, "but we are trying to ease the shock by teaching them what to ex pect when they reach their new homes."