A few weeks ago we went to visit one of the projects we work with that among other great things, sends kids to school and makes sure they have awesome backpacks to carry their stuff.
|With no warning, Adam was called up to present certificates to all the participants. Of course this included pronouncing all their names on the spot. I almost died laughing (and so did the kids)...|
|...until it was my turn to call out their names and give them their backpacks. Clearly I messed up with this sweet girl.|
|They also get sacks of rice, which they have to help their mothers carry home. (Adjaratou and her mom.)|
|And help their mothers tie them to bicycles. (Proof adolescent boys, the world over, give their mothers attitude.)|
|Ani put her sunglasses on for a close-up, then this cherub stepped in.|
We also work with farmers outside the city...
|Me in a field, with head-to-toe sun protection. Pretty sure this was the moment Adam chose to tell me my SPF hat actually looks like a pith helmet. Risk melanoma for cultural sensitivity? Jury's still out.|
|Bigger and better beans than ever before.|
|There's nothing quite like a community meeting under a tree.|
Next up, moringa! Remember ages ago when Jill posted about the magic of moringa? It's here in Burkina too. I think this might be the next super food to sweep the western world. This stuff is incredible.
|Leontine tending the moringa wonder-plant.|
|Sorghum, almost ready for harvest.|
|Adam loved this farmer, Rassmane, and thus begins his photo session...|
|I mean, c'mon. That smile.|
|'Twas a good year for beans.|
|Tinga told us how he started off only being able to afford this sorry excuse for a bicycle to take his harvest to the market to sell.|
|The next year, his crops were a success and he bought a motorcycle to go back and forth.|
|Now he's upgraded to this moto-cart to help with farm production. He can afford to pay tuition for all of his - wait for it - 16 children to go to school.|
|That's a lot of hard work.|
And lastly, when we start to grumble about the heat, the dust, the patisseries on every corner. Well, we remember we're here working for people like this guy who started a project to help boys sentenced to prison.
|Pascal and his carpentry apprenticeship. (Contrary to the photo, he's also learned safety skills.)|
Shameless plug: Are you or someone you know between the ages of 18 and 20-something? Do you know anything about welding, carpentry, auto-repair, plumbing, masonry, or something else you could teach these boys? Come work with us and Pegue and these kids!
(More info here: MCC/SALT position.)
There you have it. That's just a few of our partners who keep us busy. It's great work, but somebody's gotta do it.