|A flat tire!|
The people do find us a bit amusing and we have a constant audience. Even going to the outhouse, there were little heads peering underneath when we first arrived! We must wash in there as well, which is slightly difficult in many ways. The first time I ventured in to wash, I had just doused the girls in there and they ran out and back to the house in their towels - the crowd outside were eagerly waiting for someone to emerge. I was then trying to wash myself; it was now pretty dark in there, the wind was picking up and dirt and brick dust were getting rubbed in with gritty soap. My bucket ran out of water, and the crowd got interested as I shouted to ask Tim to bring more and they all leaned closer as he tried to hand me another bucket through the door. Finally I emerge and make a run for it, clad in my towel. Phew! And not feeling a whole lot cleaner for all the effort.
|Cooking dinner (rice in the basket)|
|Set up for demonstrations at Saba-Saba|
The stoves project itself is getting delayed as there is still no clay to work with. They should be getting some in the pits on Monday and then it will need two weeks before we can use it. Also, people are still harvesting the rice, so are very busy on their shambas (farming land outside the village itself) which would make it difficult for many to attend training days. But as we saw particularly at Saba-Saba (the big "agricultural fair") on Thursday, people are very keen in the project, very interested in the jikos and seem to see the benefits already. Even in the short time we have been living there, we have seen firsthand the health problems from cooking on an open fire inside a closed area; there are people with eye problems and coughs and chesty problems. But even for me, after cooking outside on the jiko, my eyes are sore and stinging from all the smoke, and my throat is sore. And we all feel the effects of the local diet, no fruit, limited vegetables and lots of rice or ugali. Even if you have fresh fruits or vegetables, it is so hard to keep them - from spoilage or rats! We would really like to try and introduce some small kitchen gardens to provide a little more nutrition for the diet.
|Getting the bumper on the roof, to make it home!|