Day 7 Part 1 - Touring the village, the school, the water supply
Saturday, March 4, 2000
In the morning we had breakfast with our host families, and then toured the village (Nuevo
Mexico), viewing their school and their water supply.
Jesse (left) and my dad (under the net) still sleeping in the early morning as
one of the children stands in the doorway. Our sleeping area, which we
shared with the family's chickens, is about two feet higher than the floor
where we cooked and ate, so this view is looking down toward the cooking and
eating area. The wood cooking stove is on the left of the far wall; the table
where we ate is on the right of the far wall. This family
was unusual in that their home consisted of two shacks next to each other:
this one, where they cooked and ate, and another smaller one next to it,
where they slept. This one was about 20 feet by 30 feet (6 meters by 9
Breakfast, which was the same as lunch and dinner every day: tortillas and
Heading out for the morning's activities.
Jesse plays with some of the kids while waiting for the group to assemble.
Crossing the stream that runs through the village. The building on the right
is the women's cooperative store. It sold bags of purified water, soft drinks
and village necessities.
Viewing the school in Nuevo Mexico.
One of several shared outhouses in the village.
Crossing a stream on our way to view the water supply in Nuevo Mexico. This village was lucky to have its
water supply located uphill from the village, which helps avoid contamination.
That’s me with my dad, while visiting the town water supply. The
hats, long sleeves and trousers are for sun and
insect protection. Light clothing offers better insect protection than
We don't know if there was malaria risk in this area, but we brought lots of
insect repellent as a precaution. And of course, we had updated other
immunizations some weeks before the trip.
[Photo by Joanne.]
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