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Among friends

Among friends

Our welcome in the village was almost unimaginably embracing.


A welcoming group

A welcoming group

Village culture is communal, with both genders and several generations participating in most aspects of life.


A family group

A family group

Here is a typical family, outside of their home. The architecture of the village is based on thatched roofs and mud walls--a highly effective design in the warm climate.


The milling machine saves days of work

The milling machine saves days of work

It is difficult for those of us in America to understand the revolutionary impact of a machine for processing the grains that are staple foods in the village. Grain previously was crushed by hand, with large wooden morters. This activity required most of the working time of the women of the village. Now, the women have substantial free time that can be used for education, child-rearing, or other crafts. Truly this one intervention has moved them to a new level of livelihood.


Outside the school

Outside the school

The school provides a way in which the young people of the village can advance themselves. Reading and math open up new vistas. The fact of participating in formal education is enormously helpful to the esteem of the students and their families. And in the long-term, education will help villagers read and communicate with the broader world at large, expanding their options and ability to consciously manage and adapt to change.


Women leading ritual dances

Women leading ritual dances

The woman in the striped top is teaching the others a ritual healing dance, as men, women and children take part.