Latrine Digging and a Shamiyoyo Soccer Match

I've spent the last few days addressing some complications with the pig farm but things are looking up. Charles and I walked around looking for contacts with extra freezer space and found enough to store a few pigs. With a major holiday on Monday, Farmer's Day, we will slaughter a pig or two in hopes of selling the pork. We also contacted the Chief to give us some help and through his contacts, we may be able to sell many of the pigs to Lusaka and Mongo. All of these actions will help alleviate the need for additional feed and make connections for consistent future sales.

Yesterday, I made chicken soup for Wana and Mary. Mary doesn't eat pork, citing to the Bible, but she eats chicken. Wana has been telling her that the pork I've been making has been tasty so I think she wanted to try my cooking. She offered one of her chickens and when I came back from my walk with Charles, there was boiling chicken meat over the fire. If you've seen the movie Rocky II, you know that chickens are not easy to catch. I asked Mary how she caught one and she said she asked some children to do it. It was an unexpected answer and I burst out laughing; the mental image was too much. With chicken bouillon cubes from home, rice, macaroni, and canned veggies from Lusaka, and pepper packets from Emirates Airlines, I made a simple chicken soup. It was their first time tasting chicken soup and they both loved it. I have ingredients to make it for them a few more times if they can provide a few more chickens and I'll give extra to neighbors who have been asking me to make them American food.

Today, we continued digging at the preschool latrine. Five of us dug another foot to reach a bit over six feet. It almost felt like digging a grave but in my heart I know it's for a more noble and useful cause - for kids to go potty.

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It's getting much harder as we have to throw the dirt well over our heads, especially as the dirt piles up around the hole. Eventually, we will have to lower buckets on a rope to remove the dirt. Only another meter to go until we start the next one.

This afternoon, the Shamiyoyo Young Champions played a soccer match against a neighboring village, Dapp. The match drew a crowd of over 100 spectators. It was a competitive match with no scoring until the last few minutes of the first half. Shamiyoyo's Adam got a good cross and scored from under 10 ft out. That goal decided the game as Shamiyoyo shut out Dapp. Shamiyoyo is still undefeated and at the top of the league standings out of 13 teams. The league champion receives a cash prize of at least 1000 kwacha.

Shamiyoyo Young Champions

Shamiyoyo Young Champions

Man of the match - Adam with the game's lone goal. He was injured in the second half. He didn't play wearing that sandal, but one of his opponents played barefoot.

Man of the match - Adam with the game's lone goal. He was injured in the second half. He didn't play wearing that sandal, but one of his opponents played barefoot.

I've been showing Wana the remaining movies I downloaded before arriving in Shamiyoyo. He really enjoyed and, at a deep level, understood Ex Machina. Like me, it made him think about it for days after. Also similar to me, he didn't fully understand Blade Runner 2049 the first time but enjoyed the visual style. We started watching Interstellar last night and Wana remarked that 'reaching outer space is rubbish.’ I inquired, 'did you know that it is possible and Americans landed on the moon in 1969?’ Understandably, he had no idea. After reaching the halfway point of the movie, I showed him his first viewing of the images of Apollo 11 and Earth from the moon.

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