Rikke and Moch in Africa travel blog

Teaching the locals about health

Building a tipping tap for washing hands after toilet visits

The children are too scared to try it out, though still curious

Lukia showing how it works

A dance preformance to show her gratitude for our visit

Listening and looking, hopefully learning

one-and-a-half and already ready to do gardening with her hoe. Not really...


When you visit a white persons home, you knock on the door, the white person will open the door and expect that you explain your doing before even thinking of letting you in.

The community project was an eye-opener conserning this very rigid ritual you see in white peoples homes - or should we call it "very very very private spheres".

When we would visit one of the families in Buwenda, someone would run and get you a chair, once you sat down they would sit on the ground and greet you proberly. After minimum 10-20 minutes of "hi" and "hello" in Lusoga dna English, you would get to the point and explain your doing.

So even though it only took us an hour or two to actually teach them health and hygiene in homes, to build a tipping tap (=a homemade washing facility we would build next to their latrines) and teach them how to make sanitary pads and what safe periods mean (they are all very much into family planning), Lukia, Sarah and I ended up easily spending hours in each family's home, to make sure we got all the greeting, dancing, eating etc out of the way too.



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