Monday, July 15, 2013

String is a Best Friend in Kasambiika

Today, we woke up and relaxed for a bit before heading out to do work. Kenzie and I fetched some water at the borehole. Isaac worked on a poster to hang up for our malaria sensitization tomorrow. Then, we tried taking the bikes to the school to drop off some jerrycans for the tippy taps. I took Kenzie while Andrew had Isaac. Yet, we had an epic fail. The back seat where Kenzie was sitting started to break. With a quick fix-it, Kenzie and I switched seats and we headed out again. But then another epic fail. The pedal on the bike broke. So Papa Isaac made a makeshift pedal using string again and we conceded to having only Kenzie and Andrew ride the bikes to the school. 

As Isaac and I walked back to the house to get ready to mobilize people for the malaria sensitization tomorrow, we passed by some of the favorites - Batale and Said. They were sitting outside their hut peeling cassava. We stopped to greet, yet we ended up sitting and peeling with them. Batale and Isaac had knives, but I just used my fingers. I had cassava up in my fingernails for the rest of the day. After some time, Kenzie and Andrew met us and we all headed back to the house for lunch. As we started to head out to mobilize, Batale came by with cassava and corn. It still amazes me that people here can give so much when they have so little. 

After our hour of walking around and telling people about our "omusumo ku musuuda gw'ensiri" (malaria sensitization), we hung up some posters at the boreholes and the health center. By the time we got back, Juliana and Trisa had come back from Iganga with all the groceries and items for the week. After unloading, Isaac and I headed to Nabitende to buy some luxury items (i.e. sodas). On our way there, our boda man had to stop on the side of the road because there was a giant, black cobra in the road. It was at least 2 feet long and slithering its way into the potato fields. 

When we got back, it was only football, dinner, and setting the rat traps.