August 2012

August 2012 Newsletter

The month of August was a busy one harvesting corn by hand. Actually, this year was easier than last year. Maybe because the corn was dryer and the sheath came of easily. The children helped. They are so responsible in the field, but not so much at the orphanage. I have to remember they were born in mud houses and cleanliness is not part of their knowledge. Corrinne and I are working on that issue.

Now we have the corn drying on the ground at the orphanage. Next, we need to shell it, add insecticide (ugh!) and store in large plastic bags. Then we take it to the local mill as we need it. We go through lots of corn flour which makes the ugali, their staple food. It is simply corn flour and water cooked into a paste. I dislike it, but most all villagers eat it three times a day. They say it makes them strong. Something makes them strong as they do an unbelievable amount of physical labor daily. Personally, I don’t think there is much nutrition in ugali. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Now we need to start planting potatoes. The work never ceases here. For the time being, I am the tractor driver but I refuse to plow the fields. I will haul potatoes, corn and firewood in the trailer connected to the tractor, but I draw the line on field work.

As always, Corrinne and I appreciate your support, love those boxes of used shoes. Our orphans go through a pair of shoes in a very short time.

Blessings and peace,

Kay (aka Bibi Kay)

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