Monday, July 20, 2015

Nabirere A Video Blogs!

Q: How difficult is it to learn Lusoga?

As an international intern, language is one of the greatest barriers we face, so we have quickly begun learning some useful phrases. On our team, Nabirere A, we have a “phrase of the day” that is especially relevant to upcoming activities. The fact that our first phrase of the day was “bana nga kitano” or “I am sorry for your loss” for a funeral we attended on our first Monday in Nabirere A is telling of the dire health situation of our village. Happily, our next phrase was a short welcoming song for our community meeting, “tusangaire leero, tusangaire olwa leero luuna! Tusangaire leero,  bonaeiwange bweri sangaire!”

Lusoga is phonetic, although some of the letters are pronounced differently than in English, for example “L” sounds “r”, which makes it much easier to learn than the Danish birthday song we tried to learn for Stine’s birthday! Learning common greeting and thanking phrases is also important because it is a good way to immediately show our respect and commitment to the community and our job. I am hoping and expecting to learn a lot more Lusoga in the coming weeks as we begin conducting the household surveys!

                                                                                    -Simone, Switzerland

Q: Have you made any friends in the village so far?

I am not sure if you would categorize the children in the village as friends or fans. Shortly after returning to our house after the daily activities, the same gang of three-year-old children is hanging out on our front porch. On one hand, they are really excited about talking and playing with us, but on the other hand, they are terribly shy and spend most of the time giggling and hiding behind the slim poles. 

Our attempts to interact with the children have been more or less successful. One of the less successful moments was when our VHT Moses’s four month-old child peed on me. I don’t know if the baby boy Steve was really terrified or really confident, but one thing is for sure; making the children become our friends is a long process.

                                                                                                -Stine, Denmark

Q: How interesting was it to set up the sanitary facilities?

I for one had never gotten involved in setting up a sanitary facility so it was such an interesting experience for me. The sanitary facilities we needed to set up included the trash pit, tippy tap and the plate stand.

Materials needed;
-Hoes and a shovel (for the trash pit)
-A string, pieces of wood, a jerrycan and a nail for (the tippy tap)
 We are still looking forward to setting up the plate stand (we need more pieces of wood and nails for this)

The trash pit; we had to find the best site for the trash pit, more preferably a softer ground that would make excavation easier. The standard size of the trash pit had to be 4ftx4ftx4ft. It was so interesting how one of us had to do the excavation and have someone else using the shovel to scoop out the accumulated soil. This made me realize how energetic our team was. However, we weren’t able to meet the standard depth of the trash pit because there was a more complicated, though interesting layer of rocks that we had to dig through to make the pit 4ft deep.

The tippy tap; this required us to apply some physics to make the facility a functional one. Terms like ‘fulcrum’ and ‘pivot joints’ had to be applied. I found this interesting too. The soap on the side of the tippy was placed in a more interesting way that I find a bit hard to describe. I was so glad that our tippy was functional at the end of it.
                                                                        -Solome, Uganda

Q: What has been your favorite chore in the village?

Water Fetching! Our house typically fetches water two times a day with our three 20 liter jerrycans. Not only is water fetching a great arm work out, but also a chore that involves interaction with the community. It takes us around 20-30 minutes to collect water, depending on how long the lines is at the borehole. Thankfully, we have two boreholes that are fairly close to our house, but for some families they travel a significant distance to get water. During most of my trips to the borehole, children are the typical crowd hanging around waiting to fill up multiple jerrycans for their family. Whenever I go fetch water, I look forward to the infectious amount of giggles from the kids.

                                                                                                            - Tali, United States

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