Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Finally home so can add more pictures from Makeni, Kenema & Freetown, Sierra Leone

 Jim asked these boys to clear the dirt away from the well so he gave them a little bit of money to do that and told them we would be back to check up on them, which we didn't do.  I told them I knew they were strong and to show me their muscles.  They don't quite have the pose down like they do in the U.S.

 Above: Will this fence work?  I don't think so...
 This well was in a very busy marketplace and they were pumping all the time.  It had been raining so it was very wet and muddy in this squeezed place.
 This marketplace did not care for their well and our team was very unhappy with them.  When another pump head got stolen they decided to take this one out and give it to those who would take care of this gift.
 Honest, we're going to finish the fence...sometime...
 Turay thought this little boy was so cute with his over-sized button-down shirt...we agree...
 Beautiful children!
 Jim bought their fish but didn't take any fish--such cute kids!
 Many people surprised us and put block walls around their wells.
 A baby for her baby...

 He looks like a fly on the wall...what a way to hitch a ride!
 This little girl was terrified of us, but the mommy wanted her in the picture.  She even knew how to position everyone, including making sure the doll's face was looking at the camera.
 These boys look so sedate, but you should have seen them before and after this picture, doing a wild, happy jig...
 A blanket for the brand new baby on her back.
 In Kenema--Jim with Amarachi & Jonathan's little girls.  The older girl has changed her name to Jessica.  Alberta is on Jim's left.
 While looking at older wells in Kenema we ran into Lucia (hygiene trainer) and her friend as they were walking to the chapel to do some work, probably cleaning.  Lucia's husband and grandmother both joined the church a couple of months ago.
 She told me she wanted a boy...
 This little boy wants to pump water too!  He might have to wait awhile.
 A little boy playing with his Happy Factory car.
 Our new bathroom in Kenema at the Capitol Hotel...they forgot the most important thing--hot water!
 Some of the little girls in Primary at the Kenema Branch posing with their pillowcase dresses.  Alberta didn't get one (they don't need one) and she is not happy about it!
 More Primary girls in Kenema Branch with new dresses.
 I was trying to have a picture with just some training ladies, but everyone wants to get in the act.  Messie is on the far right, me next to her looking like Carmen Miranda (Amarachi gave me African dresses);  Lucia on my right, Amarachi second from left.
 Part of our training team with Amarachi, after we gave them their certificates, a big thing in Africa.
 A man brought us to this well that he'd like us to cover--people are not too careful in Africa.   This was a deep, open well, surrounded by foilage so you can't see the hole; it had a couple of logs over the opening.   We suggested he cover it till someone can put on a pump!
 Cute little kids in a tree.
 The little boy just below Jonathan told me that the last time we were there we gave him a new shirt. 
 Crazy day at the pump: people were yelling and swearing and praying for gas on the big Muslim holiday where most gas stations were not open.
 Jim gave this kid more money than the gas was worth, so that he didn't waste his entire day at the pump line.  Turay told the gas station owner how important it was for us to get gas now, so he let us buy some from this kid.  He kept a little bit for his motorbike.
The city council told these people they'd bring the jack hammer to remove the rock so they could have their well.  Typical--it has been over a year and they haven't kept their promise.
These children sang me a song while I waited in the car--they sang their Christian song, "My God, He is a handsome God..."

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