Things I have learned: Part 3….African People
by Guest Blogger Lauren Dionysius
- wealth and happiness has nothing to do with stuff and things
- some of the “poorest” people in the world have the richest souls that ooze generosity
- there are school kids in today’s world who have to climb through a barbed wire fence so they can wee in the grass next door
- teaching a class of Zulu children about warthogs is surprisingly rewarding
- it took all of my restraint not to go around wiping all the little Zulu kids’ noses
- playing soccer against the local Zimbabwean woman with the kids cheering us on is actually a lot of fun, despite my lack of skill and coordination
- Zimbabweans are always just about to ‘make a plan, yeh?’…though often they just never quite get around to it…
- when in Africa you’ve just gotta make do with what and who you have…improvisation is the key
- the average Kenyan nurse earns less than US$300 a month
- the Masai’s staple diet consists of cow’s blood and milk
- the Masai people build their huts out of cow poo
- it’s amazing how much stuff the locals can fit onto the back of a bicycle!
- a Malawian witch doctor is one scary looking dude!
- do not question Mr Frederick, the scary South African immigration guy, or he will yell at you…loudly…twice
- the bushman tribes use tortoise shells to boil their porcupines in…very intuitive!
- people of all types are very interesting creatures
- do not leave your legs dangling over the side of the ute when driving past kids…they will slap your shins and leave nasty bruises
- 60% of people living in rural Malawi are unemployed
- Africans work hard to preserve their ancient cultures for generations to come
- and finally, Africans put the “unity” in “community”
And we know what unity means ‘Umoja’. So now it’s time to follow Lauren’s lead and get your entries in to:
Thank you so much to Lauren for her wonderful contributions in helping this blog get out to the writing community and make our fundraising writing competition a success.