|Agnes and Staphos|
It was backbreaking work and by 11am we had blisters on blisters, so we headed up to the classroom to prepare for the afternoons boodling session, leaving Bernard and the others to finish the last corner of the field.
Songiso and Katherine took us on a walk around the area at lunchtime, passing by the market and the health centre, and learning about Zambian culture along the way. There are certain tribes in the country that still send young boys who are coming of age out into the bush for 6 months to learn all the skills they need to become a man and take care of a family etc. Not all tribes do this and there are some problems with the disruption it has on schooling, so how long they will be allowed to continue is unknown. There are tough consequences for any locals who happen to accidentally wander into the area of the bush restricted for use by these boys; if a tradesman for example, were cycling through the bush with his supplies on his way to market, was to be caught in the area, he would be abducted into the bush for the full duration and cannot leave… then he must pay a handsome fee at the end to be let out again and returned to his family. Women thankfully are not subject to such strict rules.
|Songiso cutting mutton cloth|
Veronica got to grips with the carrier bags and had almost finished making my water bottle holder by the time 4pm came around. Some very happy ladies today and two even happier teachers…. albeit absolutely shattered and both with very painful hands.
|Veronica finishing my water bottle holder|