Lindsay arrived State-side this weekend, and left us with some parting words shortly before she left.
16.06.2011 - 18.06.2011
Yesterday we went to conduct interviews at Ribang and Kikii (about 1.5 hours from Yaounde). We got a bit mixed up on our meeting times and showed up a little over 3 hours early for the meetings. We had to pay the bus driver even MORE money and had him drive us to Bafia (the nearest big town). Bafia was like the Sturgis of Cameroon - filled with feisty, grabby, rude, crude Cameroonians on hogback (motorcycles). Kelly fell,scraped up her leg, and rolled her ankle. The hot sun wore us out. We ate olives and canned veggies on bread for lunch at a bar. After lunch, still dying of heat, we returned to Ribang to conduct the interviews, which went fairly successfully. We were given gifts by the village chief, two of which were illegal for us to bring back to the USA: tusk from a hippo and a wild boar's horn. Sylvestre had told the village that we were building them a hospital. What a tangled web we have to unravel . Ugh. A woman had 7 toes on each foot in this village!!!
Today is a free day. Maddy, Kelly, and I learned how to make soap from a Cameroonian missionary while the other 3 shopped for groceries. Every single village said that they want to know how to produce their own soap. it's a fairly simple process that really only requires two things: palm kernel oil and caustic soda (binding agent). Shouldn't be difficult to replicate or teach in the future!
Tomorrow is Akongo (village close to Yaounde) for another round of interviews (we've been doing split group interviews, men and women separately).
Kelly and I fly out on Sunday morning at 455am and COULD NOT BE HAPPIER TO GO BACK TO FIRST WORLD LIVING.
Everyone is exhausted...getting less rest than the days before and have aching backs from the tile floor.