Newsletter August, 2011
Hello to All,
Life continues to be simple, primitive and lots of hard work. I see mamas in the fields with their babies very early in the morning harvesting wheat and potatoes until early in the evening. All harvesting is done by hand that is why my back feels like it is broken. Once you dig up the potatoes, then you must pick them up and throw them into piles. Then later we go through them sorting by size. The larger ones, which are few, I sell in town and the smaller ones are used as seeds for planting later this month or for eating. Because our 2 1/2 acres of potatoes were planted late and on land that has not been worked for years, our yield is fair to poor. But, I am told this next year the crop will be very good. All I know is that the work is hard, and I am tired.
The orphanage is running well due to our two volunteers from Spain; Laura and Mark. They are hard working, intelligent and love the children…..what a gift to have them. Mark is improving his English and both are working on their Kiswahili. Mark is a construction engineer in Spain, and Laura is now teaching here English, Geography and both teach Math. Our orphans are so very smart, more so than the average village kid. Even the primary teachers at our little school are amazed.
Laura’s 23rd. birthday party was a big success. We invited all the teachers and their spouses. Birthdays are not celebrated here, so her party was strange to all. Mark makes wonderful pizza.
We are expecting more orphans shortly, but the villagers must “vote” to see who are the most needy. We are also expecting to take some from the orphanage down the road about 24k. Father Camillo takes only newborn to age 5, so we are getting 2 or 3 in January as they will be starting 1st. grade.
Please keep us in your prayers. I hope to see many of you in November.
Thank you for your support.
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