|With Ma Qui in her shop. Ma Qui is wearing a red jacket.|
|Ma Qui with her son, Elvis. A Local Preacher, lawyer and politician.|
|Helen and her shop|
She took us further into the village where another woman and her children were preparing Garri for sale in the market the next day. Garri is a powder of cassava and palm oil which is a staple food here. The family were working under the overhang of a roof, which protected them from the rain, as they ground and cooked the cassava until it was a fine, yellow powder ready for sale. It was hard, labour intensive work. Stirring the cassava was the woman’s son who is a teacher in a local school, it is holiday time now.
|The tea plantation|
The roads have fallen into disrepair and the villagers are going through very difficult times. In this community there are many single women and widows. NADEV has assisted some of the widows to buy and raise a pig. They supply them with a pig and support them while they raise it until it can be sold. The pigs are kept in raised pens so that they don’t catch diseases from other pigs that roam around. When the pig is sold, a small part of the profit goes back to NADEV to help to fund the purchase of pigs for others. A trained veterinarian working with NADEV offers ongoing support to the women. This was a sign of hope in a difficult place – a glimpse of glory.
On Friday we move on to Limbe after an evening with our hosts from NADEV when we ate and drank together and were entertained by local dancers before saying goodbye to these people who give so generously of their time and skills. It has been a privilege to share with them.