While we worked in Mzwini we noticed other residents using their personal skills in the area. After Wellington’s naughty pig had eaten some of his chicks and all of his garden, he had to start his garden anew. He hired a neighborhood man to turn the soil on his entire plot. This was an elderly man, but Wellington said this is what the man LOVED to do. We were always amazed how he would already be there working, when we arrived and would still be working when we left. It was like watching a peaceful artist at work. He worked alone and never stopped until this day, when Amber went to ask him if she could take his picture.
Denver informed us that he and Wellington had decided to turn the sand box in the playground area into a little garden. They wanted to use it as nutritional teachable lessons for the children. On the day we were shoveling up dirt to start a little garden for the Crèche, we noticed another neighbor who was building a house and Wellington told us it was his own house! Now, that we had a little construction knowledge, we could tell that his house was different. Wellington showed us another house that he had completed in the village. We were so intrigued, Wellington walked us over to meet him and look around at his work.
We were most impressed because all of the houses in the village were one room that was used for the bedroom, the living room and the kitchen. This man was building this house as a brick house with a small front porch and three different rooms.
The house was on the same lot as his current house.
Note: He said he was happy we were taking a picture of his house with the chicken sitting on the door.
He told us that he was building the house for his children. Once the house was completed, he would continue to live in his current house. Come to find out, one of the guys working with him was his son.
We were so amazed at the work these villagers were able to accomplish with the supplies and tools they used! We could tell that it took a great deal of time, but they made everything look so possible!
We felt quite proud of our work to start the garden at the Crèche!