Sunday, October 23, 2011

GREAT BREAD/subtitled you know you have been in Africa a long time

The Humanitarian Couple now have about 20 clean water wells and latrine projects going on around Kinshasa. The latrines are either associated with schools or hospitals. Each project has an engineer and at least 2 site monitors. It is these people's job to keep the work moving forward and being done correctly. The Binghams, the Humanitarian couple, must tour each site frequently to assure the above. Whenever we have free time, we love going with them. This Saturday, we went to a site that has a wonderful spring coming out of a rock cropping. Their project is to build a covered collection point with water gathering stations that will keep the water cleaner and provide a better method for capturing the water. We took an interesting walk down into the village. We drove as far as possible, the made our way down the canyon of uck, to reach the bottom where the village and spring is located.
The first picture is of Mom and Sister Bingham climbing their way back up the canyon of uck.
There are always children along the way to greet us. These are the reason the clean water, latrines, and basic health training, are so important, and so dear to our hearts.
Villagers currently use the run off pipe to collect water, do their wash, and even bathe. It will be a nice project when it is finished.
Everywhere we turn, there are more children following up.
If you look closely at the tree in the picture, you will see a boy about half way up the tree. As we were leaving, Elder Bingham told us that we could get one of the beautiful papayas in the tree if we gave a boy 500 francs (50 cents) to climb the tree and get the papaya, and 500 francs to the lady who owns the tree. So we did. And, up he went shimmying up the tree as fast as he could go. He picked the fruit and tossed it down to Elder Bingham. We had it for dinner today, it was great. On the way home, the Binghams said that they had found this great Boulangerie (bread bakery) on their way home from this village - which was really out in the sticks. They said the man made the bread in a wood fired brick oven and that he bread was wonderful.. Well, as the title indicates - you know when you have been in Africa for a long time. We went to the bakery. The following pictures are of the bakery and finally the end product. And, it is the best bread we have had here. Remember, the Belgians left a legacy of awesome bread, but this was the best so far.
Prep area inside the bakery - note the metal making racks stacked up against the outside wall.
The multi-drawer oven.
Branches from a near by hard wood tree to create the fire and smoke.
Mom standing in line - there actually is no line, Mom is just standing there wondering what happened to our sense of caution we had 8 months ago.
MAN WAS IT GOOD BREAD. And, you can never be in Africa too long.


  1. That does look like good bread! I guess we weren't in Jordan long enough, because Mark wanted to get chicken in a place that looked similar to your bread shop and we told him no way!

  2. Boy, we need to hang out with you guys more often and go to humanitarian projects. It's like a p-day. Thanks for sharing. Someday we'r going to the "waters of Mormon." Love you guys!

  3. wow this makes you grateful for what you have. Hope you're loving every minute. Wish I was there right along with ya.