Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year from Bukavu, DRC!!!

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by giving away food!

So before I left Bukavu to come home in mid-December, the women went shopping and bought 100 kilos each of corn flour and cassava meal, 100 kilos of rice, 50 kilos of beans, and several gallons of cooking oil. Much of it they bought in Rwanda and packed in on their backs to Bukavu, a journey of several miles, because they get more for their money in Rwanda. . . and this is a very frugal group!

They used a scale to assure equal portions and measured the oil with a blue tin cup. All brought bags to carry the dried goods and yellow plastic containers for the oil. Nothing was left behind, even a few spilled beans were claimed. Sharing food is a festive occasion, a time for giving thanks and rejoicing. So when all was divided up, everyone danced and sang, smiling broadly as they shouldered their food and went home to their families.

With love and gratitude,

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