I’m writing this a week later, so I will probably skip over a lot of things without thinking. The rest of the week in Swaziland was a slower pace but we got a lot accomplished. Shane and the grandchildren filled in a 3 foot deep hole that was dug for a new water hole. It only got to be three feet deep because they hit a rock. So they filled it in and then started a new hole. This hole ended up being about 10 feet deep, 10 feet by 10 feet also. They had to use a ladder to get out. I was quite impressed.
I spent a good chunk of the beginning of the week helping Lindiwe with her computer teaching her Excel, Word and what to do on the Internet. She is going to be the administrator of that area so we started getting her organized and prepared for all the work she was going to do.
Charity and Rachel got involved in the kitchen as much as possible. They also helped scrub dozens and dozens of eggs because Nomsa was able to get a client in the city to sell her eggs to, and she wanted them to look perfect.
One night we made them another meal, hamburgers and French fries. The girls cut up potatoes and baked and fried the French fries and Shane and I made hamburgers from scratch and cooked them over an open fire. They were absolutely amazing if I do say so myself. They all liked it better than the spaghetti. Rachel also made some great oatmeal/chocolate/peanut butter cookies. They were hardcore and great.
We visited a few more homes also. One mother had just buried her son a few days back and was distraught because she had no one around her house to do things to keep it up. So she would hire neighborhood kids to pick her avocados and then give them each a few of the avocados as payment.
On Wednesday we headed back to South Africa and drove through Kruger of course on the way home to see if we could see a lion or some other animal attacking another. It never happened, but it was still a lot of fun. We also bough some Fat Cake in Swaziland; think the best and most fattening donuts you’ve ever had.
Swaziland was a beautiful experience and we are all glad we got to go. We really couldn’t have asked for a better experience in rural Africa.
I’m hopefully going to be able to upload a bunch of pictures to my flickr over night tonight.