I’m a little silly. I was just downloading the most recent pictures off my camera and found some that reminded me of stuff we did this weekend.
All of our workers get paid on Fridays after 3 pm. This last week we gave them a gift. In Haiti, only rich people have stoves in their homes. Most of the population will use a charcoal burner and cook in the yard. Another mission had bought new stoves for their feeding program recently so Chris bought a bunch of their old propane tanks, bought new burners and had the tanks filled. On Friday each of our workers recieved a filled tank and a burner. Our goal is to encourage them to stop using charcoal. Not only because it’s horendous for the environment, but also because it’s expensive. I asked them what they usually spend per week on charcoal and they said $60-70 (haitian dollars). Filling a tank costs $60, and it will last more than a week. They also cook very hot and fast. If you consider how much charcoal it takes to get the fire hot enough to boil a HUGE pot, there really is no comparison. Also, our workers start out at about $150/week, which is a good wage here. There isn’t much left for food and other living expenses when you take a third of your salary and buy charcoal.
We also got our first korisol (kohwisol) of the season. The english name is soursop. It’s a funny, spikey fruit that has a white pulp in the middle and big. black watermelon like seeds. It’s really yummy to make ice cream out of.