Ok, its not really our first outing, but last Tuesday was the first day Beatrix and I packed up and left together, with the house empty. We did more or less what I have done on many other days, but now we left our own house empty, and the baby went with me.
“Will the clothes I left on the line still be there when we get back?”
“Is one diaper enough?”
“Its pretty hot. Will she overheat? Her head is covered, but will the sun shine through it and burn her skin?”
Well, we went anyway, and took some smoothie to Mike, who was beginning this season’s work in the garden. I also wanted to see everything that was new/changed since the end of April.
The playground has begun:
We are planning to build different structures to create a playground: for kids to play and for families to congregate. The materials need to be accessible locally, reasonably priced, and safe. This is the first structure. A children’s church in Denmark fundraised to help build the structure.
A section of the healthcare centre has been completed:
WIndows, doors, and some electrical/water has been added. The office is furnished and ready for use. Part of our team has begun opening 2 days a week for things like basic wound care, pre- and post-natal counselling, and education. They will also be teaching in the schools over the next few weeks, with topics like personal hygiene, puberty, and sexual education.
The moringa has been growing!
One of our team members has been harvesting it and giving some to breastfeeding moms. Many mothers don’t produce enough milk for their babies due to dehydration and malnutrition.
The water system has been changed, and we have been able to start selling water again!
During the longest, hottest part of the year these last few weeks, the tanks almost ran out of water, but the supply lasted for the garden, animals, and the community until the water came back on.
And, we found Mike, working with others in the garden, so that it is ready to plant when it starts to rain.