Day 23 - morning
Day 16 - Northern Experience Tour
38 Celsius, hot sunny morning
The second village we visited was a mere ten minute away.
More families lived there together. Even though small, this village had more huts and shacks erected on a parcel of land they've taken possession of years ago since they didn’t have any means of any kind to buy houses in Rundu. These were the villages of the poor people of the Kavango Region.
Like the previous small village we’ve visited earlier this morning, these people lived by cultivating the land. Fields of corn were seen close by. They all had chores to do around the village, rules to follow and survived by these simple means.
Being a malaria infected region, no wonder many youngsters died before reaching the age of five. The living conditions were deplorable but they were all smiles when we were introduced to them.
I immediately recognized a young woman who looked much younger for her age. She was one of the dance performers of last night at the lodge. As she walked barefoot, she was more than happy to have her picture taking standing next to me!
With Lanko translating, she showed me her African skirt, the one she wore last night to dance and wanted me to try it on. I rapidly did and even performed a little dance for the children who couldn’t help themselves but laugh loudly at me! I guess I must have looked hilarious!
A young boy who must have been twelve years old followed us around. Lanko explained to us that even though he was a little bit slow in learning, he was well taken care of.
I gave him a pen which he thanked me from the bottom of his heart. It was quite obvious that he was overwhelmed by this simple gesture. For these people, little things like these were worth millions to them! I wished I had brought with me more stuff!
The good thing about this optional activity was that the money made from it went towards helping these people. Lanko was appointed the 'secretary’ of this organization and together with these people, they worked into making the living conditions a better place to live in, a place where eventually an irrigation system would be built and water would be supplied to these villages. According to him, they were doing well and it was a matter of time!
I was glad that I went on this tour and was able to contribute in some sort. While thanking Lanko for his services, I handed him more folded bills into his hand!Monique :-)