Saturday at the Global Village

Saturday at the Global Village

Saturday at the Farm

A beautiful morning greeted us on the farm.   Roosters crowing at 4:30 a.m., bright sunshine at 5 a.m. and we were up at 6:30 for breakfast.   Farm chores and morning classroom talks got us going.

One of our talks was out by the chicken pen where we learned about chickens and eggs.   There is a real difference between factory raised chickens and eggs and farm grown ones.   It was a good presentation for the youth, even though some have had experience raising chickens.   After a number of years of working at Hope CSA each month, I am very aware of the difference in taste of both farm raised chicken, turkey, pork, beef and eggs.  That the chickens are out in sunlight, eating grass and scratching for bugs and worms, improves the quality of their meat and eggs.   As Sarah, our facilitator noted, happy chickens are healthy chickens.

Guatemala

Lunch was cooked at the Global Village, the first of three meals there.   We ate in Guatemala and our meal was a black bean soup.   Some garlic and onion added for taste.   The group had to cook on a wood stove where Thomas was the fire keeper.  Emily was head of the household and gave the instructions.  The group had to make flour tortillas and fry them on a griddle.   Not the most exciting meal, but it was better than the day before.

The afternoon service project was much easier than the day before.   We were out gathering fire wood for the global villages, small branches, one and two inch thick.  We filled up a pickup truck in about one hour.     

This prep work was good as we then learned about our global village experience.  We were divided into two families.   Thomas was chosen, by lottery, as head of the China household and Emily for the Ghana household.   They learned they were the only ones who could read or tell time.   They had to handle the money and be in charge of going to the market to shop for the food for our stay.   

The group learned that two members had disabilities.   Elizabeth had to wear a brace on her leg that meant she could not bend her knee.   Cherry had her right hand bundled into a fist and wrapped in a bandage – making it unusable.   These were to represent that injuries are often a part of life in third world areas.    Juliet and Jacob received these honors.   They were given a sack to carry around their waist and they would deliver after supper.   Their water balloon babies would then have to be held at all times for the rest of the experience (except when all were sleeping).   This included during morning chores.  (I write this Sunday morning around 10:30 and the babies are still being cared for.)

With all of this, the family had to help each other out, cook their own food, clean up and live as close to life as their village represented.  This also meant no cell phones, iPods, electricity, etc..

In Ghana, my group had a good experience.  Supper was very tasty – it was Fufu and consisted of a fufu flour made into a dough.   The sauce had sweet potatoes. Navy beans and  tomato paste boiled in a vegetable broth.   .Our family all agreed it was good – and actually better than last night’s supper.    Here is more on Fufu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fufu

Tibet

After supper (which took almost two hours to make, eat and clean up from), we were able to walk over and visit the folks in Tibet, China.  They had a barley oatmeal and tea for supper.   Most felt it tasted good, it was very sweet.      The two families enjoyed being together while the adults were outside having discussions about the future.

Evening came and thus time to return to our village.   We returned home and began to settle down.   At some point, while saying good night Walton style, the group at Ghana began talking like they were either Forrest Gump or from rural Appalachia.  I had sat outside and listened to about a half hour conversation go on this way – it was very much like a Saturday Night routine.  It has carried over somewhat to this morning and I fear it will be with us on the plane.   It is very clear the group is having a great time and for that I am very happy.