We live in Mwanza, Tanzania, serving with Emmanuel International helping local churches in physical and spiritual ministry.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Knickers down the loo! Louisa too?

I am now the only one in the family who has not lost something down the pit toilet! A few months ago Tim lost his prescription sunglasses, two weeks ago Amisadai lost a shoe and this week Louisa lost her knickers! How you lose your knickers down the toilet, I do not know! I'm just glad the hole isn't any bigger, or we would have lost Louisa for sure! She  later managed to lose her step and ended up with one leg down the hole, wedged on her bottom in a slight state of shock! We did later find her running about with no knickers on, and when I asked why, she said she was worried she might lose them down the hole too!

In Magozi we have continued to have lots of fun with all the kids! Football, dodgeball, I tried Streets and Alleys, but it was far too chaotic! Lots of cats cradle and string tricks... they love all of it! We also had Isabella (an American girl visiting EI for a few weeks) staying with us for two nights, and the kids (especially ours!) loved having her to play with too! Tim ended up one evening teaching a young student maths in Swahili by candlelight! Other evenings have been spent playing "Golf" (a card game) by candlelight with Stout and Ezekiel (the stove group secretary) - lots of fun! We are learning to adjust to the lack of privacy... and I can laugh at the number of times women have tried to compare my breasts to theirs; but as they flip theirs out in the open, I keep a firm hand on my T-shirt!

Cats Cradle

Isabella with all the children

Fun with the kids

This last week we were able to visit the nearby secondary school (and Stout also visited the local primary school) to share about what we are doing in the village. The secondary school is very new, and it is fantastic that now children in Magozi have the opportunity to get a higher education. But it is difficult as the children must pass exams, fees are high, and particularly with the Masai people, many are kept at home to tend animals. Many girls struggle to keep up with their studies because of additional duties at home. The headmaster who has been there just two months brought with him some books - the first books for the school to have for the students to read. They have been distributed to the classes and eagerly received! We took Ezekiel with us and together were able to talk about the stoves we are making and their benefit for them and the community. To their great amusement, Amisadai and Louisa sang their jingle (we will have to get that up on the blog sometime!) and got them all joining in! They had lots of excellent questions, and are keen for more! So I am hoping to be back soon to do some cooking demonstrations and nutrition and efficient cooking lessons.

Primary students collecting water for cooking lunch

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