The general staff budget received a raise of almost 14%. This is a drop in the proverbial bucket, but is a start. Unfortunately, when the Zim-dollarization occurred in early 2009, and our own US economy began its difficult shift, the costs increased in Zimbabwe and their wages in effect decreased, while our ability to compensate them further also went into a holding pattern. Taking decisive action regarding tightening the expenses belt has helped and everyone has been waiting for things to change. Typically people don’t want to think about giving people increases in their wages and yet it’s these very people that are providing the services we count on. Those who received an increase are very grateful as it has made a difference in their lives, both monetarily and in morale.