Menya Soccer

I got to experience my first game of Menyan soccer last week. It was played on the field above at a different time when I didn’t have my camera. “Field” is misleading. The area is more like a golf course with sand traps, eighteen inch rough and unreplaced divots. The game started with ten on ten, but the numbers…

Another Funeral

  Sadly, another child in our village died from the measles this week. He was one of our closer neighbors. The burial was a sad, unceremonious event. The hole was begun a day in advance and finished off the next morning with a dozen kids watching. Shortly after the preparations were complete, a group of ladies followed the…

Public Speaking

Picture courtesy of Wesley Chappell Wes and I went across the river to a village meeting today with a few hundred of our neighbors. The meeting was scheduled for 7am–we arrived around 10:30. After waiting an hour and a half for a quorum the agenda was read listing eight items, “the white guys” being the eighth. (I…

Unhappy New Year

As many of you know, Belle woke up with our cat and three new kittens in her bed the day after Christmas–certainly a fun surprise. Sadly, just four days later our mama-cat went missing. While searching and asking around, I was told over and over that someone must have killed and eaten her. No one…

Christmas Build-Up

Here are some pictures from the past month…   Tree Decorating:   Homemade Candy Canes: Watching The Grinch with Grinch-Punch Decorating Cookies with the Chappells:       Decorating Cookies without the Chappells:     Making Gingerbread Houses:                 Making a Nativity Set with TP rolls:    …

Wind House

We’ve been building a Wind-House (just a roof) in the middle of our housing complex to provide a gathering place protected from whatever the sky is offering–be it soaking rain or blazing sun. Along the way I’ve been participating in the process as much as possible, but today I spectated almost exclusively. Our Menyan friends…

Wati’s Garden Revisited

Back in September, Wati* and I visited the garden he was clearing which, at the time, looked like this: Three months later, it looks like this: They are growing sweet potatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, a smokable leaf, and lots of weeds. Today we did some weeding. How would you like to grow your veggies on…

Car Repair

Among the most popular toys in Menya are these remote control cars: The wheels are cut from worn out flip-flop soles. The chassis and axels are fashioned from sticks. The body is built with disks extracted from discarded D-Cell batteries. The remote is tethered, not wireless. Like all vehicles–or toys–these occasionally require maintenance or repair. Today’s task:…