Thursday, August 23, 2012

Laundry Day!

Some photos of a recent laundry day. I do laundry in my two tubs: George Washington and Harriet Tubman. Generally, I'll leave the clothes sit for a few hours in the soapy water because I am too lazy to really scrub the dirt out. This results in a general lack of actually clean clothing at the end of the day. So long as I don't get sent home from work for the smell, I'm okay with this.

Dankie and Motlare like to 'help' with laundry. For Dankie this means shoving clothing in the water for two seconds and then putting it into the rinse tub. For Motlare it usually means accidentally dropping my clean clothes into the dirt. That or tossing my clothespins everywhere.

Washing day dance.

At some point Dankie borrowed the camera. Hence:

The girl on the right is my next door neighbor. Both girls come to the drop-in centre after school.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Some photos I had floating around.

Satvik, the backpackers just outside Tzaneen

Some Afrikaaner school plaque.

Me and Zabe.

My glorious illustration which I used to teach the biology of HIV to my support group.

The jacarandas in bloom in Pretoria.

My grade 7 computer class.

Colly, who works at a local farm, with his wife and daughter.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things in my village what are trying to kill me

I found this scorpion hiding out behind my suitcase. Dankie, my host brother, wanted to pick it up. Instead, I taught him how to explode deadly things with shoes.

I have no idea what this thing is. It was hiding out between my stacks of books, feasting on the cockroaches that had set up shop in the dust jackets of my books. I'm fairly certain it's only purpose on this earth is death.

The hippo at the dam. Cute. Cuddly. Floating Death.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Some photos from around my place.

The tar road to Tzaneen

The road that leads into my village. The black dots on the dirt road are monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys.

They are supposedly tarring the main road through my village. As yet, this has just meant them digging the road apart and putting piles of dirt in inconvenient places. Maybe the next volunteer will see the brilliant tar road.

Donkey Cart!

The bush on the eastern part of the village.

This tree is absurd looking.

The graveyard, which is on the way from my house to the dam.

Makoti market, our 'Indian shop' and petrol station. My house is just behind the market.

Miragoma Primary School.

The computer lab I'm setting up in the primary school.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movie Day!

I put together a movie afternoon for the OVCs [orphans and vulnerable children] in the new (and still unfinished) building at the drop-in centre. We started with some Planet Earth and then moved on to Finding Nemo. I have no idea how much they understood of the rich, complex plot, but they seemed to have a great time. I'm going to try Wall-E or The Lion King next.