Monday, April 16, 2012

A Quick Bee Story and more

The work continues in Amatongas while the students are away on holiday this week. Part of the excitement for this week was the demolition of two huge bee hives. The bee hives had millions of bees and was making it difficult to complete work on the back of the school building. Fortunately, we found a bee expert, or at least someone crazy enough to climb the ladder, nearby who helped Br. Angel remove the bees. I wish we could share the photos of the extraction, but the operation took place at night and I didn't want to be anywhere close by anyway for obvious reasons. As we often say here, only in Amatongas.
Back of school building

The two huge bee hives the morning after demolition

Bees returned briefly after the extraction
 Work was recently completed recently on a new infirmary. Lighting and running water were installed in two of the rooms which will be used as an infirmary in the future.
New Infirmary with lighting and running water
 Our beans are doing well and will provide much needed assistance in feeding our students and maybe even produce some funds as well. Another good rain would be nice.
Part of our three hectares of beans looking good
 We spent a few days last week buying corn from the locals in the area. It was a great experience driving and walking through the bush to visit local farmers. This not only helps us buy corn for the rest of the year at a cheaper price than we can buy in the city, but also helps the people who save money by not having to transport the corn themselves. We need 20 kg of corn each day to feed our resident students, so we will be buying more corn this week.
On the path to buy corn

One of the families selling corn

Stop #1 on our corn buying adventure

Brother Fabian takes a break while buying corn

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