Today went!

It started out slow (what’s new?) I practiced my talk while Josephine encouraged me to harass Paul about the driers. After welcoming our Aussie visitor from QSA (thinking dancing, drumming, aye aye ayes and tossed flower petals) I went with Paul and Bosco to visit Mr. Kayondo—the dear carpenter. He had one drier finished and there wasn’t a ton of progress on the others. And he wanted another 123,000 ush. Bugger. Josephine was unamused with him and Paul.

But—around 11 am, Jude and I headed to Kabulassoke. The training was supposed to start at 9 am, but details details. I was hella nervous, but it went really well! We visited zone Tulibumu first. Josephine Yiga’s house is a permanent structure. My students all sat, taking notes as I spoke and Jude translated. I talked about eating a balanced diet, maternal nutrition and infant/young child nutrition. In the second portion of the training, I discussed how solar drying works (it’s all dependent on temperature and moisture!) and I went over the four basic steps of solar drying: preparation, drying, storage and consumption. Both groups has many questions, which I was mostly able to answer. I was grateful for how engaged they were. At times it was difficult to “get a feel” for the audience because Jude needed to translate everything I said.

In all the training took a bit over an hour. Then I went inside and chatted amiably over a HUGE mug of chai. I successfully avoided the curdles too. #winning. I also had a huge hunk of bread, a bunch of sweet bananas, a biscuit and a hard boiled egg. After assuring Josephine Yiga that I had in fact eaten enough, Jude and I were sent on our way with about 6 packages of fruits and vegetables all tied up in banana fibers.

The next zone was Ali Yani Amani or something like that. One of the women from the first group came with too, for reasons unclear to me. These women were not as outwardly warm, but they did ask a lot of questions, so I am taking that to mean they care. After our presentation we had a 3:30 pm lunch in the house. Sarah’s house was not as nice (it was built with mud bricks rather than concrete). The walls were decorated with old Manchester United posters and a few adds for Pepsi. The poster read “Drink and Drive, Win one of four Toyotas!” I tried to explain to Jude why I thought it was funny, but he didn’t understand. We ate matooke, greens, cassava and chicken with soup. The chicken was defeathered, but that was the extent of the processing.

I rode from the first to the second training in the back of the pick-up truck (where everyone else sits)—but this horrified everyone else. They don’t understand the forbid appeal! Back at St. Jude I spent the evening hanging out with the staff at the new center. I was so content to just sit there with the staff. Lillian (Sarah’s toddler) still is terrified of me. She screams whenever she sees me. Josephine says she is wrong in the head. Several desensitization strategies were attempted. No success yet.

Starry night on the drive back. Must sleep



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