These beds just arrived at the Nutrition Village from Malakal. Our team put them together for the mom's & babies to use while sleeping over night at the clinic. We have 8 beds total. Currently everyone is sleeping outdoors as it is much cooler (low of 84 degrees) there than inside the sleeping room. And the colors are just perfect for kids!! After we put the new beds together we had a little celebration/ dedication for them. We served chai and biscuits (shorbread cookies) to the mothers/ family members and children. It was a wonderful time. At the end we sang together "Jesus Loves Me" in 3 languages- Mabaan, Uduk, & English. It was really sweet :)
Thought I needed to share these pics of children and their mommy's here. I hope that you enjoy theses pictures. Some were taken at the clinic and others at the nutrition village. Kids back in Texas and kids here in Africa have a lot in common. Even if I can't speak their language there is just something that totally makes my day when a kid smiles at me.
This last week while visiting the new babies (see blog posting below) at Elizabeth's house I met a new woman named Lydia. She was there by
the fire making the coffee. She was very patient with my few words in Mabaan. I asked her many many times to explain to what she was doing and what everything was called. Here are few pics from my time with Lydia learning the Sudanese way to make coffee.
First you take the beans (fresh and green
in color) and place them over the fire to roast them.
Fire with freshly roasted beans (bottom of pic- blackened beans). Essential tools for making coffee-- Fire, tea kettle, coffee pot, strainer, fresh water from the bore hole (inside yellow jug). Plus there is usually a chicken or dog around nearby too. :)
Next, you grind the beans using a metal rod into a dust.
Then you add the grounds to boiling water with some fresh ginger and maybe some cardamon too. Then you pour the hot coffee over a filter to strain out the grounds.
The coffee cups are tiny china usually with small flowers or some sort of design on them. After my 3 cups of coffee, which I am still unsure of the taste. It's very different than coffee back home very sweet and strong. The small clear glasses in front are usually designated for tea but since we had many people drinking coffee we used them too.
Jodi excited to cut the pumpkin, maybe a little too excited!
Cut out all the seeds and chop into smaller pieces
Boil the pumpkin for a few hours over charcoal fire
After pictures of our pumpkin soup-- well we ate it all before I remember to take a photo. You'll just have to trust me that it was good. Jodi found a recipe in one of her recipes books on her kindle. Very simple with few ingredients. And it was a hit!
Went visiting to see my new friends
this last week. And I was happily surprised to find 2 new little friends
to meet as well. Both of my friends- Martha & Rebecca both
delivered their babies. Martha delivered on Thursday a beautiful
little boy named Gideon. Rebecca delivered on Friday a precious
little girl named Waate.
Rebecca and her new baby!
It's tradition here in Mabaan for the
new mother to stay inside the tukul for up to 4 weeks. Only leaving
for those brief moments when nature calls. Otherwise they stay
indoors with the new baby.
Arrived to visit Elizabeth's home to
find Martha inside the home getting a hena-based mud on her feet by a
friend, Mary. Not sure of the purpose behind it other than it's done
usually for special events like weddings. Gideon is her first baby.
After visiting inside the home for a bit I was told to go outside to
sit under the shade of the tree for coffee.
me & baby Waate
Went across the path to Catrina's
(mother to baby Paul- he was delivered along the path.) Inside
another tukul I found Rebecca and here 5th bundle of joy. Her next
youngest, Hannah- about age 2, was there by her side.