Stove day with Garth
Andavadoaka Travel Blog› entry 22 of 77 › view all entries
July 20th, 2007 – by: tpuell
Garth was Zimbabwean, educated and smart and highly idiosyncratic in his approach of everything starting with the linear concept of time and not ending at the movement of the tides. Even though his propensity to reinterpret reality at times put hurdles into his staff’s lives, he was revered and loved by all of them and in due course by us.
He oversaw several of Blue Ventures key projects. One of them was an initiative to reduce carbon emissions by promoting and providing solar powered stoves to the people of Andavadoaka, After several households had tested various models over a few months there was a big cooking day with demonstrations and speeches. Arnaud demonstrated the cooking of a fish curry, which sent the local women into hysterics, but when it came time to eat, everything was gobbled up in five minutes. We also made a chocolate pudding, which was distributed to all the small children spoon by spoon and was gone in record time.
Since I had foolishly bragged about being a Web developer, Garth roped me into creating a site for Blue Ventures’ biggest initiative, a community-driven project for the conservation of the area’s ecology and thus people’s livelihoods. He was one of the only people I ever worked with that understood somebody else’s ideas immediately and was able to creatively and logically elaborate on them and to communicate these elaborations clearly. It was a pleasure.
Several weeks before our arrival, in a misguided attempt at learning-by-doing, Garth had tried to surf the breakers off the close reef and opened his shin in a gash that was now festering and keeping him from diving.
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