With improvised headgears covering almost their eyes the women sat in the blazing sun crashing the excavated pieces of rack into stones of varying sizes.
Cheered one sweating woman as she lowered the pick axe to greet me hoping i had come to buy her products. The poor economic circumstances have forced women to join the hectic and backcraking exercise rock excavation at the hilly grounds of Wambaale.
The wmen also lament the risk of losing their sight because they lack protective gears for the eyes .Even their bodies are exposed to cuts by the stone.
this forum was thought first of all to welcome you, and secondly to let you free to discuss about any thing could come up in your mind but that seem, at the same time "inappropriate" to be posted in the actions needed discussions.
However, I think that the first remark William have posted can immediately brink our mind back to reality and underline or improve our desire and will to change the situation of the village.
For this reason, I hope you will all give as much as you can to feed the hope we have already stirred up in the hearts of those children.
Guess I'm gonna be the DEW DROP INN to all of The Nabuur Children's Villages:
My only hope is that your response will be,
DO DROP IN, Sangoma Azania.
Thanks for the link, Sangoma.
I didn't know this web site and I'm really impressed by the stories it tells.
And William, what do you think?
Why don't you help the children of Wambaale to write a short story to be posted on this web site?
Would it be possible?
If you want, we could start through posting the moving story of monkey boy you have written on this web site...
Do any of you agree?
Waiting for your feedbacks,
Greetings to all Wambaale neighbors,
This is my first post here, but I am well aware of all the efforts and contributions you have been making towards this village, and for that I truly thank you all.
I recently spent one year in Uganda volunteering at Mr. Kiwanukas school, (Abeeka Bali Batya ,Headmaster?) and lived with a host family in the next village. Now that life here has calmed down a bit for me at home, I hope I can be of assistance to you in your efforts and projects! With a volunteers first-hand-perspective on Wambaale, its schools, surroundings, and needs, I hope I can be of use to you!
I'm so happy that you have decided to become a neighbour of Wambaale!
Actually as you have already been there it would be easy for you to help us in finding solution for the school!
As it is the first time you visit the web page of the village I don't want to submerge you with questions...but I hope you will soon take your time to read through the two discussions we are involved in now and add your point of view!
See you there than and welcome again!
Dear all neighbours.
I would like to inform you that our school is now aregistered member on the globle gateway website.
Thank for all.
I like also to extend my sencere thanks to phillippa who has decided to join us as aneighbour of Wambaale.
She has been in this area for aperiod of one year. and she knows well Wambaale primary school and Wambaale village.
Hi Wambaale Nabuurs!
Wow! Congratulations to all who worked on that Global Gateway Partnership! Congratulations to all Wambaale Nabuurs!
Now, that IS something!
I'd like to pursue a relationship with "FOURTH WORLD" and http://www.tapori.org/en/forum.html , particularly, to see how they can support us.
I am doing some "contact" work with this organization.
I will get back to you when I'm back from Burundi. Then, I can give better directions on how to contact and work with them.
Don't forget about these:
http://www.roomtoread.org/shs/action/fundraising.html EDUCATION FUND RAISING IDEAS
I love you all.
Looking forward hearing your feedback!
Have a nice day!
William told me to be available for having a chat with all the neighbors who want to ask him any information they like.
Therefore, if you are interested in directly speaking with William, for asking whatever you like concerning both the village or the projects we are managing, please let me know!
I will try to define a date considering both yours and his necessities! :-)
Claudia the chat sounds like a good idea.
I am in the GMT time zone. I work office hours so evenings or weekends would be best for me.
I am really pleased to hear that William has been contacted by a school seeking to partner with them.
thanks for your availability!
What about the others?
BUCKS FROM BARKCLOTH.
NAME: JOHN SONKO
Marital Status: Widowed.
Salary :Very low
Worst Moment: When I lost my wife.
I have to wake up as early as 5:30am to okuyimbula, that is ,to strip the tree of its bark . I have no time for breakfast because I must get the tree bark before it gets hot.
The tree-stripping exercise takes about an hour. I take the bark home and soak it in hot water, where it will stay for the next 24 hours. After it has been soaked, I can prepare myself some tea.
At about 10:00 am the next day, I take the bark out to dry. It has to be dried at the right time ,when the ground is very dry and there is no dew ,otherwise it will get spoilt.
Bark cloth-making is mainly seasonal work. Of recent ,I have been out of work because of the prolonged drought.
It a tree is stripped in the dry season ,it means killing it. The Mutuba tree whose bark we use, can be stripped more than 100 times as long as it has not dried along the way.
After drying the bark, I take it to the hitting section, known as ekomagiro. This is where the bark cloth is hit using a wooden mallet called ensamu. These tools are in different sizes and the ruts on them determine the quality of the final product.
Once I reach the hitting stage, there is no break for either breakfast or lunch. I have to go all the way until it is finished, otherwise the bark cloth will be ruined . It sometimes takes about six hours to have a finished product.
When the hitting stage is done, I have to stretch out the finished bark cloth for it to dry. It is stretched using stones. I don’t use sharp tools which may make holes in the cloth. After stretching it for three to four hours, I fold it up.
My day ends after sunset, when iam done with drying of the bark cloth.
However,I still have to refine it depending on what it will be used for. If it is to be a blanket ,I make it softer. If it is for burial, it can be left hard.
I have been doing this work for more than 40 years and I have no regrets. The only problem now is that the trees are being cut down for charcoal-making and firewood.
Besides, because of the introduction of things like blankets and burying people in suits, bark cloth has lost market. People are forgetting their culture for modernity
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