Morning world. Last night was a late one and the day started with a hangover.
I’m usually up by 7 so this was a lie in. I still only had about 5 hours sleep though.
I pop some pills for breakfast. Anti-malaria pills to be precise
Meet Kieran. He joined me in the village the day before having climbed Kiliminjaro. He is a friend from my home city of Bristol, UK. We went for a walk around the village and were invited into this man’s home. I like wandering around cos something random always happens.
At midday we go to one of the village maize traders to distribute some maize. We have drawn up a list of names of those who will be getting 40kg each. There were many people not on the list who wanted food but we had to say no cos we simply did not have the budget or even available cash for more. Saying no to giving starving Africans food? All in a day’s work!
We had mainly picked disabled people plus some of the elderly, such as this gent on the right.
Time check. Everything goes slowly in Africa and it takes a lot of preperation to ensure things happen in a timely manner. I have so much to do on this trip that I cant afford to be sitting around waiting for people so I’m a bit of a hard task master.
Two of the spectators
Kieran and I would read out a name and in they’d come with their sack and get their food.
Hullo. With the recipients outside the shop.
Next stop is the butcher to get lunch. Every part is eaten. Including the goat’s face. Lovely.
And this is what we get – 1kg of BBQed goat
After lunch we go home and are met by this woman. Her leg was in a very painful looking brace and she needed help to replace it. I have a steady stream of visitors like this to my house. Some I am able to assist, others I can make a contribution and some get turned away empty handed.
The next main job of the day is to distribute items at the blind school. Ive been building up my supplies over the past couple of weeks to ensure every kid gets a tshirt, jeans, pants, socks, shoes, toothpaste/brush, sweets, biscuits, skincream and two types of soap
We enlisted the help of children to carry the bags to the school by bribing them with haribo.
Organisation is key to getting this kind of job done – so we get more kids to order all the shoes
Hullo again. Tech on the left is a villager who is fun to hang out with and always eager to help.
May the distribution begin
Kieran and I were in menswear
It was hard work getting everything done right, so we relaxed with a soda back at home after
I brought out a bunch of wind up radios – I gave one to Thomas and he was jumping with joy
Meanwhile our various electronic gadgets provide yet more entertainment
Early evening time check
Next to the house is Mr Omary, a blind teacher at the school. This pic looks like I’m telling him off, but we were just discussing coming plans.
The house soon fills with children
Though they are great to relax with
Im not quite sure what is going on here but Mr Pringle sneakily snuck in to the frame.
As we pass through the school we distribute some suncream to the albino children
Now we play with the blind children. Though only a few are totally blind.
Dindins. Chip omelette.
We were joined by this little fellow. A rhino beetle
Its fun being silly
Joining some of the blind teachers for a chat and a drink
So much for an early night. I seem to exist in a constant state of tiredness