From the drawings of children...
There was a lunar eclipse on Saturday night, March 3. I was at an OXFAM party when we noticed the eclipse around midnight. By near 1am the earth had almost completely shadowed the moon. The few of us who were left at the party grabbed a couple of mattresses, turned off the car stereo as there is no electricity without a generator in Caia and laid in the middle of the dirt road to be able to see the sky more fully. It was amazing and beautiful precisely because there were no lights for miles and miles. The stars were so clear and bright the darker the moon got. By 1:30 the moon was completely shadowed and we were all getting tired so I didn't end up watching the entire process but wow, what a joy!
Cyclone Gamede is sitting on the eastern shore of Madagascar and will possibly be the next cyclone to hit Mozambique this year. Last week Cyclone Favio hit the village of Vilan Kulos (where a group of us spent the holidays and got scuba certified) just a couple of hours south of Beira. It pretty much wiped out the entire village. So, i'm sure you're wondering what the difference is between a cyclone, a hurricane, and a typhoon...well,
Me, on a trip back from the village
Joshua, Communications Coordinator in the Beira office.
Experimenting with the zoom feature on my camera...
A close-up of the flies on a child. Not sure if you can see from the picture, but there are 3 under her nose, 3 on her forehead and 2 on her shirt
A bat in the office
Some clearer pictures from my camera of Vilan Kulos...
A final picture before leaving Vilan Kulos..
The beach in Vilan Kulos...these pictures are from a friends camera and for some reason they seem hazy. Once i get the pictures off my camera i'll add them. Wireless internet has been hit and miss for the past few weeks so we have been relying on dial-up...it takes a good 15 minutes for one of these pictures to download. I don't think i have the patience left in me to attach any more pictures!
After a day and a half of watching dvd's on how to scuba dive, it was finally our turn to get our hands on the equipment..how to put it together, take it apart, and check to make sure everything functions correctly. Next step, the pool for some lessons on breathing under water!
Women getting water from the pump in the morning in Mucodza. Already there is a line of people waiting their turn. Can you imagine sharing one source of water with your neighborhood, or even just one spicket for water within your own house?