Friday, September 23, 2005

Baking Cake in the Heart of Darkness

I recently got the great news that I have giardia, an intestinal parasite that prevents some food stuff from being absorded by the body. I was actually quite happy because I was flipping out at the thought that the malaria was back. I don't think I could have handled that. I got a fever and a really bad headache. This time I went to the Bolivian base's doctors, who are complete sweethearts. They ran just about every test they could and figured out that it was giardia, which is treatable and not very serious. My German friend Anja has it too, so we are thinking of forming a Giardia Kindu Support Group. The downside is that I can't drink on the medication and I could really use a beer. Last night Anja and I sat with our friends, who brought two bottles of rum, and needless to say, drank without us.

Today I went through our warehouse where we keep our tools and other things we distribute. The South African base had donated to another agency a bunch of food that they brought, because they had too much. This is a perfect example of dumping inappropriate goods and expecting people to receive them with open arms. Really, buckets of cherry jam aren't the solution. They were like, "we can do a food for work project." God help them if they are going to make people work for cherry jam. There is also pudding mix and cake. Not just a few packets. I'd say about 500 lbs. So now I'm thinking about organizing the Congo's largest bakesale, cause really, what else can one do with 500 lbs of cake and pudding mix? Thank goodness this stuff isn't ours.

4 Comments:

Blogger Judy said...

you're just a health nightmare out there this month, aren't you? at least it's just a mild, nutrient-sucking parasite, as opposed to an extreme parasite.... always an up side. in the meantime, have fun with that pudding mix. don't forget, you could always have kindu's first puddin' wrestling contest for charity....

6:49 PM  
Blogger Sahara Sarah said...

ooooohhh...hadnt thought of pudding wrestling. good call. or we could go for a guinness book of world records thing: "Largest Bowl of Pudding in a Conflict Zone"

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1:07 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

or you could turn it into some kind of peace initiative - don't pillage and shoot people - eat puddin'! course, then you'd have a bunch of adolescents with guns all hopped up on sugar and chocolate in the middle of the jungle...... no, it could all go terribly wrong. i definitely think the puddin' wrestlin' is the way to go - think of the headline in the new york times. 'innovative catholic charity gets down and dirty in the chocolate in the congo.' ok, a little long for a nyt headline, but still...

1:11 PM  

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