Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Day 6: Mother's Day
There are about 50 merry-go-rounds in the area. Each is joined by women from one area, who pay dues. They meet to discuss community and family matters and every year one woman gets to take home all the dues from that year to use. The merry-go-round helps to decide what she should use it on, be it a form of alternative income (beehives) or sending their child to secondary school, which is not free like elementary school.
The yellow jugs you see are called "jerry cans" and are used for transporting water from the river (about 1km away) several times a day.
After this adventure, we headed back to Bogani for lunch along with Jane and Jennifer. They spoke about how their lives have changed and we were able to ask them more questions.
This came about because when we heard we would be staying at a mobile camp close to the school, we asked for more details and were told it would be like MASH. So of course, we had to have MASH nicknames. We were giving everyone an alias and when it came to Klinger (the cross-dresser if you don't remember), no one wanted to be him. So Paul and I decided we'd have a rotating Klinger for people who did dumb shit. Bryan is wearing it because we got stuck in a huge rut leaving Jane's and while Paul, Finn and Ben got out to push, Bryan stayed in the car with the sick guy and the girl. So there.
Showers were separate individual tents with vinyl buckets hung on top. When we wanted to shower we'd call for "maji ya moto" which means hot water, and the guy (whose name we thought was Majimoto) would come with hot water and pour it into the bucket in the shower. Needless to say, showers were quite fast!
Breakfast, lunch & dinner were served at the big mess tent and we ate well - french toast, beans, bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit, salad...
To measure corners and to make sure the building was level, the fundis used strings tied around corner stones and tied to a pointed weight - simple but effective.