Soap and stones
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This morning at breakfast we met with Komoko, Alex and Jake. Komoko runs an center for orphans and vunerable children outside of Kissi, and Alex and Jake are students at the
The kids at the center made toys out of anything and everything. A group of boys kept giving each other rides in a wheelbarrow, and another boy had made a push toy out of wire and bottle caps. We decided this would be a good place to leave jump ropes. The kids had obviously jump roped before, and we amazing at it. They loved trying on my sun glasses, and all took turns wearing them. The center is working hard to be self sustaining. They collect most of the rain water that falls on the buildings by catching it in gutters and storing it in big tanks. A pump slowly fills a water tank on a high platform so that they have water pressure throughout. They just started a new project of raising chickens for the eggs. I had a picture of orphanages as being depressing places where the kids just sit around and were sat.
Tabako is an area where there is a lot of soap stone. The rock is heavy but soft, and is easily carved and polished. We saw some amazing pieces of art. The process of getting the soap stone ready to sell has a lot of steps. When I went in to watch how the stones were dyed and polished, the women working there put me to work, too. I spent a lot of time talking about the
We went out to dinner at a local restaurant called Dalas, and I tried fried beef and French fries. It tasted a lot like beef jerky, but I don’t mind because I like beef jerky. After dinner we went back to the room and I fell asleep.
I am really excited because today I get to see the school where my books will go next October. I’m also sad, though, because today is our last day in Kissi. Even though the guide book wasn’t too complimentary, I really liked getting to see some of the true