|Water Dowsing With Elder Bean|
|More Water Dowsing|
|Setting up Restivity Machine|
|Sis. Bean in tall grass (watch for snakes!)|
|Primary Kids at Church|
|Kids with balloons|
We gave a party for our sanitation training team to celebrate the ending of their training assignment in Muzarabani. It was a lot of fun. Elder Bean made up songs about each of them and then sang to them while accompanying himself on the Ukulele. We played games, watched a DVD using pictures they compiled during the time of our project and we served pizza, chicken, cookies and had root beer floats. The main food that is eaten here and is eaten every day is made from mealy meal (maize flour) and is called Sudza. Anything that is different from that is met with a little skepticism. They did seem to enjoy the pizza though. This is the same team, plus we have hired two additional people, that are doing sanitation training in our new project in the Goromonzi area.
|At the Nordstrom Rack|
We went to the grocery store and loaded up on food in case of an emergency and if at some point we will need to stay in our apartment. The political violence seems to be escalating and is scattered around in different venues. Last Monday for Family Home Evening we gave a lesson on being prepared. So we and the other couples are taking these events very seriously. We hope things settle down. The elections will not be held until June or after, so we may be in for months of unsettling conditions. We just hope it doesn’t slow down or hold up our water projects. We would not be able to buy diesel for our drilling rigs or even venture out in the rurals. Our mission president will be holding our monthly couples meeting, and we will be discussing what to do if we have to evacuate. We hope it will not come to that.
We visited a primary school this past week. This is the school where we are drilling a borehole on their school ground, which will prevent them from carrying buckets of water from a long way off. We also wanted to see if it was possible to put in a hand washing station close to their latrines. This is a school of 1,200 kids from ages five thru 12. The water for this station would need to come from the new 70 meter deep borehole, which is located downhill from the latrines. We checked to see if somehow the water could be pumped up the hill into a tank by the washing facilities; it would have to be pumped by hand because of the unpredictable access to electricity. We are still working on this problem.
We also saw how the kids were getting their drinking water during the day. Placed at the door of each classroom is a big bucket full of water with one cup setting by it. This water has been carried by the kids from a long distance. At a certain time of the day, the kids line up behind the bucket and proceed to take the cup, dip it in the bucket, drink, then hand the cup back to the kid behind them, who then dips it back into the bucket, drinks, and so on. It is unbelievable, no wonder diseases, colds and worse is passed on. We wonder why we provide clean water for them to drink because by the time the cup gets to the end of the line, it and the water has been contaminated, and probably all of the kids. This is why our sanitation and hygiene training is so important. They are being taught about how germs and diseases are spread and what practices should be eliminated. We hope that the new borehole and the training will help change this practice, and that individual cups and bottles can be filled at the borehole.
|Sis. Allred in Bee Outfit|
Community entry is necessary before we can move in for training. The head people must be met with, explained the program, meet our trainers and provide sites for them to train in, select volunteer trainers and understand where the boreholes and training will take place. We made maps for everyone and schedules of training days, and it is a very big task to just copy all the documents that are needed. We also provided them with bags to carry the documents in. The first meeting involved nine different villages that represent about 1260 families. and we and our team met together to discuss the program. It was impressive to have all the village heads and our trainers, who were wearing their blue T-shirts, in a room together discussing the training. The volunteers must be able to speak, read and write in English, as well as speak the local language, Shona. All the training material is in English, but the training is usually done in Shona. The plan is that they will return to their villages and train the people there.
|Sis. Bean at Health Clinic|
|Meeting with Leaders|
There is a lengthy process to go through before starting a training program. We first meet with government officials to get permission to go into their village with a training program. Then we must have the blessing of the pastor who is in charge of the religious training in the villages. It helps to have him on board because he knows each family personally and can help make recommendation for volunteer trainers. Then we need permission from the tribal chief, although this is just a traditional courtesy. Next we must go to the clinic and get the permission of the head woman over all the health facilities in the area (one hospital and one clinic). She must write a letter saying she approves of our training plan. To do this, she and a colleague attended four of our training classes to see if she agrees that we are following the health rules (what rules??), we of course had to pay transportation to and from the training site as well as supply lunch for them. Next is the meeting described earlier with all the head men of the villages, to explain the program to them and introduce them to our trainers who will be training in their particular village.
Political things are heating up a bit and we hope that it doesn’t cause problems for us, our team and our water projects. We are very careful to make sure the headmen know that our training is not political and it is just a sanitation and hygiene program. People are not allowed to gather together unless they have the head man’s approval and he monitors our meetings.
|Elder Bean, Pastor and Headman|
We are looking forward to having Matt Heaps from Salt Lake visit us for four days. He is in charge of all water projects for the Church worldwide. He visit look at our water projects and perhaps enlarge our water budget for the year. He will come just prior to us attending the Country Director’s meeting in Johannesburg and we will fly with him to the conference. We are very busy and well, but really miss our family and our friends. We can hardly believe we have been here almost eight months. We are also missing constant electricity, clean water to bathe in and wash our fruit and vegetables, eggs, dishes and pans without the help of a capful of bleach and a lot of other conveniences we take for granted in Mukilteo, but with all that, there are wonderful blessings and adventures to be had. Our sacrifices seem small in comparison.
Congratulations to our grandson, Connor Sefcik. He received his acceptance letter from BYU Provo and will be attending there this fall. We are all proud and excited for him. His sister Tayler is there also and is in her third year working on a (PA) physician assistant degree. It will be fun for them to see each other often and she can show him the ropes.
Love to all and thank you for your prayers.
Love, Elder and Sister Bean