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A little girl playing in the garbage dump
One of our broader goals in the future for Amatongas is to provide the town with basic health education. Our vehicle for doing so is the local school. By with working with the Brothers, images like the one to the left shouldn't be possible. Preventative health measures in communities can stop bacterial infections and/or diseases that locals, like this little girl, can acquire from improper hygiene. Needless to say, preventative measures are a necessity in creating the sustainable communities we hope to help establish.

Monday turned out to be a pretty slow day in Amatongas. After a busy weekend for everyone, it was back to the daily grind. Alarm, shower and breakfast as usual, then we went off toward the school in search of the director for an interview.

Br. Chris tells us he’s a pretty tough man to find. He told us the director is rarely around, always out and about for whatever reason (which Br. Chris didn’t seem too happy about). This time, from what we could gather from other teachers and students, he was in Zimbabwe. They tell us he should be back tomorrow or Wednesday, so we’re going to try again then.

The rest of the day that wasn’t spent wondering the school for the director was a pretty relaxing one. We walked with Br. Chris around some different areas as he checked in on some projects he has underway, one of the biggest being the new pig house. One of those old buildings that was made invisible by the weeds, trees and vines covering it just months ago, has been cleared and gutted and is the sight for the new “casa de porco.”

He’s already made repairs to the walls and has dimensions laid out for the pigs’ quarters. Once it’s finished, Br. Chris said it should hold about 40-50 pigs in there, which can be a huge moneymaker. The current project is placing a roof over the house. Once the roof is on, the quarters can be built and the pig purchasing can begin. Br. Chris said he hopes to have the house full in about a month. After exploring some of the Brothers’ many projects and failing to find the director, we used the free time to catch up on some blogging, e-mailing, visiting and sleeping.

In other news, Africa is attempting to eat Br. Chris and me. We’ve both developed random (painful) rashes around our bodies. He’s lived here for four months and this is the first he’s seen like this. The most painful are the matching ones we have, his on the back of his neck and mine on my right inner elbow. If they don’t start looking better in the next couple days, he said we’re going to head to the local pharmacy for some cream. It’s not looking good.

The other rashes couldn’t be in more random places – under my left eye (which Br. Chris has also developed), the back of my neck and random spots on my back. Somehow Michael has avoided all of this, which he jokingly contributes to his “tough skin.” Our outbreak has gotten increasingly larger and more painful since our journey to the top of the old man’s forehead in Chimoio, so we’re contributing it to that old man. Br. Angel suggests Br. Chris and I sleep in the street so we don’t spread … how Brotherly! I’ll keep our progress updated.


 


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Mom
06/25/2011 2:59pm

MARK GO TO THE PHARMACY!
Love, Mom

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ani
06/26/2011 10:10pm

I agree with MB.

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ANGEL
06/27/2011 1:16pm

GRACIAS POR SU VISITA
AGRADEZCO ELPASO DE MARCOS Y MIGUEL POR AMATONGAS PARA CREAR UN PROYECTO DE SALUD EN LA ESCUELA Y APOYAR A LOS HERMANOS EN AMATONGAS.

A LOS DOS MUCHA SUERTE CON TODO Y DE NUEVO GRACIAS POR AL TERAPIA DE LA RISA.

Suerte en todo , les esta esperando este amigo. Hno. Angel

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christine
06/28/2011 12:23pm

ditto

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