Saturday 22 December 2018 After a quick cup of coffee and rusks, our day started at 06h00. Today we neatened up the camp area, cleared more bushes in the immediate vicinity of our camp. Securing tent pegs, setting up the washup area and the cooking station.
We also took a drive to EDM in Ponta do Oura to arrange for electricity to be connected at the Malongane property. Pastor Ernesto from First Baptist Ponto do Oura arranged a meeting with the Chief who oversees both Ponta and Malongane to introduce us to him. Because we are in a rural areas where the Chiefs oversee the business of the community, it is very important for the Chief and the local chiefs to meet us, know who we are and what our purpose is.
Back at Malongane, we continued the task ahead and our spirits weren’t dampened by the heat. As we went along, curiosity got the better of the kids in the area and they were hanging around observing from a distance. As the hours passed, they slowly but sure came closer and closer to see what we were doing. Before long, without any words spoken, they were helping to offload small items from the trailer and bringing it to the camp site. The universal language of hand signals seems to work well 😊. Once the trailers were empty, the little ones used this space as a spectator pavilion. Derick made use of this moment to teach them “Bless the Lord oh my Soul” and before long they were singing along.
The men cleared a passage through the bushes and then opened up an area of about 3×6 m. This was to be our toilet where Amos dug a 2meter hole. 2 x 260 lt drums were placed in the hole. Derick built a make shift toilet using a “Director’s Chair”, and with a couple of wood planks he fixed a toilet seat to it. This was placed over the buried drums and VOILA, the bush toilet was complete.
We had to do something to the entrance of the property as it was very overgrown and a vehicle could barely get though. A perfect job for the brush cutter. Kathy, with a couple of black rubbish bags under the arm, set down the road to pick up all the litter laying around. In no time, 7 children raging from about 5 to 15 followed her and started collecting the rubbish and placed it in the black bags. They were rewarded with an ice cold drink purchased at the local Barraca (This is a small stall in the front of a local homestead selling basic items like milk, tea, coldrinks, tomatoes, lettuce, eggs, ice etc)