Friday Nov 27 my comp memory is overloaded?? so i cannot check of the contents of the last blog,, so if I repeat my self, sorry ole chap.
Pope is still knocking them all dead in Nairobi.. hope his followers take action.. really hope so but it does not seem that that has happened after other visits.
Took taxi to the kids rescue centre and the driver said in heavy rains, the night before he skidded off the road into a ditch, He spent the night sleeping in the car before two pals pulled him free, the mud is as bad as ice for skidding...
Was a guest speaker at the rescue centre . The seminar started 9am to 2pm and of course it was in 95% Swaheli. The moms and grandmothers were being encouraged to keep trying to care for their kids-- wow, imagine being so poor that your kids run away due to hunger or discipline. There was tea upon arrival and big lunch at the finish.. quite tasty, although when I eat locally prepared food I fear toilet visits but the rescue centre staff who prepared the food did a good job.
Maybe repeating again but.. the UK Methodists budget about $30,000 USD on their Meru activities at the rescue centre and kids drop in centre and the feeding centre. And the UK Meth sponsor 13 other programs in Kenya- don't know their total annual budget but it would be large-- I credit their efforts as the Lady Juliah and her staff who work tirelessly for all the kids they help.. Yes they are paid staff but their dedication and involvement is real.. Guess our social workers at home are in the same category of competency.
Sat Nov 28,2015
Weekends are kinda lonesome so I walked the 2+ miles from my room at the Cathedral to the rescue centre, Since it was Saturday, the staff were home except for a lady caring for the 7 kids who are there but who will be returned home or to a foster family if their home is deemed not acceptable. Played soccer and the kids who are young and small, joked that Mr. Bruce is an Elephant.! I am huge compared to them.
Did computer stuff and walked around a bit. Dinner with priests and the food is good and plentiful.. too much. Can ya imagine too much in the middle of Kenya???
Sunday Nov 28 another quiet day. But got an email that the org GRANDMOTHERS HELPING GRANDMOTHERS are reviewing our proposal at least its not a NO !! Lots of rain and slippery in the mud..
Called a number of people and said farewell,, will be going to Nairobi tomorrow and a late flight on tues, nite (11pm) to London then to halifax then home at 445pm Wed,
My job will be trying on the Net to get org. funding for the kids...
Friday Nov 27 my comp memory is overloaded?? so i cannot check of the contents of the last blog,, so if I repeat my self, sorry ole chap.
1st pic Juliah Mugure the lady who rescues street kids with her compassionate staff with a girl at the feeding centre. Juliah in nice outfit and the skirt on girl was so dirty-- contrast
pic 2... at feeding centre, parents meet to get guidance and encouragement on their rescued kids/ grandkids.
pic 3 an older orphan girl opening orph. gate.. the older kids take care of the younger ones
well did it again,,, did a blog and lost it. How can I save the world if I can't blog correctly.!!
Nov. 25 2015 Wed. rain all day and mud like quagmire, To repeat myself, most Kenyans do not wear boots, some do, but most don't so their shoes are caked with mud which they scrape and wash off. but the women in their colorful and clean dresses and in high heels, just patiently walk along around the larger puddles (Ponds in Canada) . Their shoes are attractive buy are not leather so they are washable at home or work. BTW there are metal mud scrapers in many places where one can scrape off some of the thick mud. It is what it is.
Please understand that my comments and observations are NOT cruel and uppity criticisms.. example: everyone picks their teeth with supplied toothpicks at eating areas. I have heard uppity visitors smirk at this as it seems not classy.. well so what? if u have something stuck, u use a toothpick , The 1st world sees impoliteness, Africans see common sense and no airs.. You decide for yourself, but I side with the Kenyans...as I don't want to judge someone til I walk in their shoes.
NOV 26 Thursday Pope in Nairobi and the frenzy is crazy. The officials are laying sod where there never was grass, painting everything in sight and the preparation costs are soaring but the media will hopefully comment in a positive manner and some successful tourism visitation will be the result. But as an old retired tourism guy, increased visitation is very unlikely with all the costly visit preparations.
Am sure I mentioned that most Kenyans are deeply religious.. God will provide, Jesus is the answer, Pray and all will be better.. and on and on. As u can tell, I am the agnostic so I try to shut up , accept the local traditions. Blind , complete and total Faith that Jesus will provide all the answers... I kind of hide my spiritual lacking but when asked I speak my mind and listeners are astounded that Mr Bruce is an independent non-believer. I accept them and they must accept me. So there Brucie!
pic 1 Godfrey 1st observation
Pic 3 Godfrey playing on a branch in bid mud puddle
pic 2 Godfrey and Bruce are buddies
pic 4 THATS GODFREY IN YELLOW PANTS.. his mom cleaned him up and cut his hair
but the slums were full of Godfreys WONDERFUL
Quiet weekend is over...
Monday Nov. 23 The Pope is coming to Kenya and the priests are wild with anticipation, That Pope can attract a crowd. In NYC 3 or 4 tough hardened CNN reporters who have all seen war and earthquakes and plane crashes etc, were like school kids when he walked by.. Think he is quite the peace symbol but he should do 3 things: order his priests and 1 billion Catholics (the monied ones) to really share their wealth REALLY; he should let women be priests and he also should let priests marry
( celibate priests WHY). enough Brucie.
Slept well last nite.
Breakfast at 7:30 . Here it is called seven thaatty and I like that sound. Breakfast was liver and fries and it was good.
There was no rain last nite but it is returning; some of the country is flooded.
Just met with Pastor Francis who has a rescue centre (11:30am meeting tho we were to meet at 10am, guess I cannot learn local late meeting times and I will never learn) Gave him a $500 cdn from all your donations to finish his rescue centre
school house .. its a lot of money but education is the only answer to issues here... being the decider of where all donations
WAIT TIL I LOAD NEW PICS think all the world will donate!! Spent all afternoon and part evening in Meru Slums.. well there are slums in Rio and Mombasa and Delhi and Bangcock - but my Meru slums are pretty damn tragic. Poor! Moms with 2 or 3 or 4 or more kids in shacks and no male adults in sight...Kids were playing and sweating so they knelt beside a brown mud puddle and they splashed muddy water and washed their faces. Met a 7 year old named Godfrey who was filthy beyond reason. A POSTER CHILD FOR POVERTY. He has a pretty good mom who is nursing a newborn and is busy so he roams the area with his group of dead end kids,, he was crying an shy for pics as he thought I was making fun of him but we finally buddied up he followed me downtown .. this kid could be on 60 Min Feature ... wow . I gave him 1/2 bottle orange pop and then 55 cents in cake/bread and off he went all on his own.
As kids we all went out all day in the summer and on Saturdays.. but these kids are street wise at 6 or 7. They play along the roads where traffic is heavy and very fast- if the Methodist feeding centre did not give pourage at 10am and a lunch at 1pm, they simply would not eat.. The centre manager said they can't feed a late meal and the hope is the parent/ caregiver supplies evening food
Tuesday Nov. 24 GOOD STORY !!!! Yesterday Godfrey was a poster child for poverty. Today I attended a 2 to 3 hour meeting of parents of kids at the feeding centre and it was in Swaheli but being such a special white guy ! damn ! I was asked to address the group. Just prior to the meeting a nice, clean boy with short hair comes to me and says hello.. I ask his name and its GODFREY. His mother was with him and had she cut his hair and put much cleaner clothes on him and the difference was day and night. I truly did not recognize him! His mother IS trying.. she is sweet and was proud of him today.. NICE STORY.
THEN , NOW GET THIS, a boy came to the feeding center with a pretty deep cut in his foot. The older girls there washed the cut and put salt on it and used some of the cut medicine I brought with me. They did a fine job cleaning the cut but he had sandals so it will be pretty dirty later.. I watched him sit and cross his legs with the cut foot raised. THEN a fly buzzes him and LANDS ON THE CUT and proceeds to walk up and down the cut !! This boy watches the fly as if it was a science fair project !!! Damn.. i lean over and shoo the fly and he looks at me with a questioning look and I whisper that flies are dirty!
People in the third world are amazing survivors .. it's so easy to comment and criticize those who don't seem to have their act together but trying walking in Sharon or Godfrey's shoes!!
No rain today but it ain't over til its over.
hi to all
Sunday is as usual an off day for me as friends are busy.
But did go to the 2 hour Mass this morning ( 1/2 hour late but that was ok) and the Pastor at the end of Mass asked me to say a few words to the
500 in the congregation... ME?? of course I was nice and thanked them all for any support and said it was and
honor this visit to work with so many caring and professional Kenyan friends..
Then I see Ann's friend a taxi driver and he is taking in his car some of the orphans back to their orphanage ;
the pics are of his car with 12 kids and me and the driver.. one precious little girl sat in my lap and just touched
and rubbed the back of my hand... a few tiny tears there, eh !! Also the last pic is of the orph. mud.. Ann does a
great job but the pic shows why we are helping her upgrade.
Bruce in Kenya
Wed Nov 18 Edgy sleep.. kinda on edge to do the task of trying to get more cash for these kids... patience Bruce. There is the saying that "there will always be the poor among us" that saying saddens me as there is then no hope for so many. My friend Stanley asked how many in Canada and the USA are church goers and told him the rate is about 20%.. he said in Kenya it is over 80%. He said in Canada people think they are living in Paradise (Heaven) already so why bother with weekly church going? Kenya poverty drives weekly attendance to packed churches. By the way our group prays over everything.. before our meetings, at the end of our meetings, before and AFTER meals.. lots of praying here. A HS teacher of mine told me that daily church attendance was high during WW II but the day the war ended, attendance dropped to the normal few.. Don't know where I was going with that sermon !
TEA- it's so popular here like Tims in Canada and DD in the USA. Outside of Nairobi there are no drive up window places. When I explain the drive-up industry to my Kenyan friends, they just don't understand the hurry to eat and drink and drive.
LITTER; watched a guy open a liter of oil for his car and he just tossed the cap on to the street with not a glimmer of guilt. But if Kenya was clean ( or cleaner) visitors would praise it up more and tourism would be stronger.
WEATHER. Here on the equator it's always warm and comfy, even up here in the hills. Bars on all windows but no window-screens. My window in my rooms is never closed so our little buggy friends can and do enter all the time.
TRAFFIC; NO Yield or stop or any other traffic signage,, you just merge, merge, merge. And BTW during and right after the rains , the roads are as much slippery (slippy) as on ice and maybe more so. Also FYI in Kenya the highway accident and death rate is one of the highest on earth.
CANADA-- most here think Canada is part of the USA. Canada is a big secret everywhere so I carry a little map to explain...
Thursday Nov. 19 Slept well but waking at 5am but that's ok for skyping back home where it is 7 hours earlier. So it's 5am here and 10pm the night before in PEI.
Rabbits.. Stanley and I are new partners in a rabbit business. He does the work and I supply some cash... am hopeful it makes a profit so my share goes to Ann's orphanage and his share will go to his home to become a small 8 kid mini orphanage.. hope it's successful.
Stanley and I met for 2 hours to discuss all matters.
Then at 11am to 3pm our board met and after much discussion we agreed the funds that donors sent will go to school uniforms so 60 kids will get to go to school, as other funds come we will get more uniform and food too, we have almost 700 kids registered as NEEDY and none are starving but many are underfed/malnourished . It seems cruel to not spend all $$ on food but the needed uniforms opens the door to a possibly better or successful life..
Friday Nov 20 Sent funding proposals out. Also submitted a story and pics to the Charlottetown daily newspaper THE GUARDIAN with the hope some more donations will result.
Rained like the monsoons in Viet Nam.. but within 2 hours the roads are muddy but passable.
My friend Ann Mugwe who owns the Mugue Book Shop and has the 24 child orphanage is still in Nairobi getting Chemo I believe..hope she is OK as she is a good helpful person. It took 3 hours to get the cash that we had wired to Ann to hold on to until we selected what we were buying.
love to all
Bruce in Kenya
LOTS of rain more than in 60 years boy can I pick the time to visit Kenya!! but all say rain is good
and no complaining...
Nov. 16 Monday did computer stuff,, had sent a funding proposal to a number of foundations and got two deny messages.
Patience Bruce Patience... My bets friend Ann who I trust like Maureen left for Nairobi for treatments: she said she has an ulcer but she said she will be getting 5 weeks of chemo, so it sounds like cancer to me.. Ann will be back in Meru on weekends.. sas she is ill and selfishly sad for me as she is an anchor to me at her bookshop...gonna miss her here in Meru.
Had 11am meeting with 1/2 board to talk plans. My position is we have to pick the 20 or so most needy kids and help them with food and school uniforms etc: we have 600 kids registered..but yearly costs for 600 to 1000 kids can top $400,000 A YEAR -- that is not sustainable. So we have to pare back to a sensible number to assist and the others will I hope survive.
After the meeting the 5 ladies asked me to buy some lunch-only $12 I guess. Then our Director Mary asked that I take the 153,000 shillings from our fund raiser to the bank with her so off we went, just then friend Paul Huk . So at teh bank, I gave the cash in an called and asked me to go visit his adopted school in Isiolo about 30 min. away. SOO i give the cash to Mary and get a motor ycle to connect with Paul. Mary was in a snit but I wanted to see Paul
The cycle I got was driven by a 15 yr old with no license but he was a good driver. I connect with Paul in his car.. in the back seat is a 5th year med student kenyan lady. Shelly... who is going to check the kids health at the school. Its kinda muddy but Shelly is in a skin tight (painted on) dress with medium heels-- this is the way the ladies dress. And she was so smart and with it--will be an MD in 2 years.
We get to the school; NO desks or chairs NONE. the kids were standing or sitting on sand. The school is a year old and Paul said it will be finished in a year or two. The school kids uniforms were dirty and torn and tattered but they want to learn!
Then we drive a student-- Ann-- in grade 4 home a a very muddy road and visit her Mum who was in the fields barefoot..their home was kinda ok but a HUT.. Paul tells the girl she has been selected for her grades to go to a private boarding school immediately and will be sponsored THROUGH college!! Paul has many wealthy supporters in Poland and one lady is sponsoring ANN.. A REAL LIFE CHANGER. The girl is shy and scared but she will accept we think... wow.
Nov 17 Tuesday lost 2 blogs how does that happen!!??
went to Computer Modem office and it took 2.5 hours to rejig the modem wow slow doing business.
Went again to Isiolo town at 5pm with two street kid field workers and met the boys mom .. so poor and she pays rent on her hut?!!! she
has a stick and mud house. The boys may stay with mom but there is not a lot of food so I think they will run away again..
what choices they face
1st pic HEAVY load for cow feed
happy Sharon and family with new shoes and dress
Did this blog yesterday but LOST it am I upset or what... anyway
NOV. 13 Friday..
hot and a bit sticky and with the evening rain the dirt roads are a mess--rocky and muddy and slippery.
Family is all important. Met Juliah the lady who rescues street kids.. and she was with her sister and her daughter
and a niece we all had tea and they spoke a lot of English but a lot of Swaheli too so i didn't get it all.
Ann will be returning late from Nairobi and Stanley went someplace so I wandered around. Then got a text from a
young woman who got my number from a friend--she wanted me to help her job hunt-replied sorry that I have
no leads.. if u remember unemployment is THE problem here and people get desperate and take very low paying jobs.
Non 14. Saturday BIG DAY our group did the big fundraiser. It rained hard night before so the school property was very muddy.
But all said it was OK as the rain is needed for crops-- what a great attitude. I was upset due to mud and NO ONE even mentioned it.
There were 300 people there most grammas and their grandkids. and some special guests. One was the local MP who is Kenyan and Indian descent-- he was MOBBED by the kids and donated $200 and made a speech promising all kids with straight A grades he will sponsor through University and he mentioned the Grandmothers plight .. he covered it all , hope he delivers.
The guest of honour was BETSY a bright sharp classy Nairobi TV news lady-- she got her Journalism Masters at U. of Virginia and she got her friends to donate thru her $800 wow, nice. The event went from 10am to 5 pm. It was on Meru primary school grounds. The outhouses on the school site were so bad but the natives are used to them...
We counted the funds donated and we got $1800 CDN and we thought more but the rain and mud decreased the numbers.
In the evening three group board members invited me for tea and there were 4 of the cutest orphans there getting hand me down clothes from on of the ladies and the kids were elated.
Friend Stanley... and friend Ann (and taxi driver) both in her book shop
Hope I am not putting u all to sleep!
Friday Nov 13 friend Ann Mugwe returned from Nairobi but has a diagnosis of bad ulcer and she must go back to Nairobi next week and for the next 5 weeks for weekday chemo treatments. She said its not cancer and hope she is correct. She is worried that her 25 orphans need her but they have a 22 yr old care giver- matron who will do the caring. Ann will return on weekends--its about a 4 hour drive to Nairobi. Selfishly I will miss her as I have spent a lot of time in her bookshop and she has often fed me snacks amd meals.
Its warm, about 26C but it cools off pretty good at night although that mosq. net I use over the bed makes it warm inside.
CONSTANT REQUESTS Got a text from a young woman, Stella, saying she got my number from a lady downtown who works with street kids. She was asking for me to help her get a job? I texted her saying I have no job leads so she texted
back asking to be my friend and she would still want me to on the job hunt for her. ! She is 24, college grad, unemployed and lives 45 min out of town. Think I said the large majority of college grads are unemployed. UNEMPLOYMENT is the huge iuuse here and Kenya is in the top 5 economically in Africa-- go figure. Every day I am asked for help to sponsor someone to univ., or help them with their financial needs. Handouts are not the answer yet I make handouts all the time to needy families. Again go figure.
Stanley was to get an estimate on a new house for little Sharon but not yet.
For the last time ALL KENYANS think white people are very rich...
Saturday Nov 14 This is the FUND RAISER day of my group WELLS OF LIFE SEEKERS. The site in a school yard was sooo muddy. Well I showed up at 9am and the mud was bad. Helped set up 200 chairs in 2 rented tents. We hen I mentioned that rain and mud and mess, guess what, all commented that we need rain for the crops-- wow, talk about a great attitude!. Well, was there at 9am and the crowd came at 12 noon... when am I going to learn that nothing starts on time.
Hundreds of needy kids and their grandmas came, mud and all. Of course all Kenyans came in clean clothes as this was public and appearance is very important.. There was dancing by older village women and speeches and singing by kids FOR 2 HOURS.
Then speeches and more speeches. Finally about 3:30pm there was a collection. The local MP is Indian descent but Kenyan and when he arrived , it was like the pied piper.. he had a roll of Kenyan shillings a foot thick and gave some kids money and donated 10,000 KSH (Kenyan shillings) or $100 USD. But the guest of honour was Betsy, a Nairobi TV newslady-- she was a sharp cookie who got a Masters at the Univ of Virginia.. Betsy is 30ish and the contrast was so apparent- she was in a very classy outfit and her medium heels were caked in mud like us all. By the way , we were there for 7 hours and I used the primary school outhouse (as did Betsy) and the flies and odor were tough to take. The contrasts are huge here but heard no one complain as thats the way it is here.
Am rambling.. after the 7 SEVEN hour event, 5 of us on the board took the cash to a small office and counted it.-- 153,000 KSH or $1,500. Pretty good but we expected 200,000KSH or more. We are calculating the costs so will tell u the nets next Blog.
Sunday Nov 15... Sundays are pretty boring with friends with their families. Stanley was missing all day and Ann is unwell
so it was quiet. I did some computer work at a restaurant that has free wi-fi. Met a young french couple who are couch surfing thru Africa.(kinda brave) They are couching at Paul Huks house. We chatted about the Paris massacre.. so bad and so sad.
Two board ladies called and invited me for tea.. pretty nice apt and there were 4 very nice orphan kids there getting hand me down clothes from 3 other ladies and the kids were elated.. There a tv on with a video of local tribal ladies dancing and singing,, it went for a hour . But it passed the time.
Had dinner with 5 priests-- very good food and a lot of it. Then read and did Sudoku till sleep. By the way the little water heater in the shower is not working and the cold water is bracing but it's great to get the dust off.
love to all
Bruce in Kenya
muddy roads and tea on hillsides
WED Nov 11 2015... had a good sleep but Ann at friends burial and Stanley busy without me as I muddy up purchases because am known to be rich.
That lady - Juliah- who helps street kids and rescues them had 7 or more at her centre. But 3 of them from 13 to 12 to 8 years stole her laptop. That hurt since she took them off the streets but they are used to street living so stealing kinda fits. So the police were called and it was a big mess. But they somehow found the boys but no laptop..so they were taken to jail! I visited the jail a bit out of curiosity and the police were competent and there was a male cop and a female cop-- the boys were a bit shy and scared and the lady cop kinda slapped the 8 yr old across the head but not hard. She was telling him he was so stupid to steal from the very person who was being nice to him!
THURSDAY Nov 12 Sunny warm nice breeze though I sweat and always feels group with their successful to date sticky and dirty and even the very cold shower feels very cleansing.
Had a meeting with Daniella, a young lady from Rome who I thought was a volunteer. But she works as a paid employee of a NGO sponsored by the Italian government. Nice young women helping a Co-Op s met us- his child is sick and he needed ell more tea and coffee and jams in Kenya but more important in the foreign market. The Co-Op is quite successful.
Stanley and I were downtown and there Indian man who is Kenya born and is unemployed met us on the street and he needed 1000 shillings ( $13cdn) for medicine for a sick baby. So what can I do? Have to help so I did. Many may say one cannot help everyone and that's correct but when faced with a specific need, guess one deals with what u are faced with..
TEA Went about 45 min out of town to a large tea area. The area has more paved roads and the tea plantations are so beautiful.We were hosted by Juliahs father who is 85 for dinner and a tea tour.. tea grows there year round and they harvest it every two weeks. that's wonderful. The tea is handpicked into basket which get very heavy - its hard work but prosperous. That area has clean rivers as the water comes from neaby Mt Kenya .. but am reluctant to taste as I don't want to be ill.
This may be too much info but using country toilets are a BIG challenge
Bruce in kenya
Nov 8 Sunday... Sundays are still tough as all locals are busy with friends and family.. I just wish I
could speak Swaheli.
REQUESTS: went to a shop and the girl asks me to sponsor her for more schooling. As soon as a local spots a friendly white guy (Mzungu) there is this a request for money help. I told one guy I didn't have money as I was helping needy kids but he said Mzungu people always have money and he is pretty correct. My personal budget has limits and requests for $20 to $2000 are too large but they simply do not believe I could be low on cash. And many women ask for sponsorship for their own schooling or for their kids. They so much want their kids to go to boarding schools as they are the best. BUT 75% of college grads are unemployed and the national unemployment rate is about 60%. When one person in a family gets a good job, he or she will care for quite a large extended family.
PATIENCE EVERYONE is patient!. There is usually poor restaurant service but all just accept it. When I am told to meet at 11am you can bet it will be 1pm or later when things get rolling. MUD wow we walked for a mile on a muddy road and there were 8 of us but no complaining.. And Ann had on a dressy dress with medium heels.. when we leave the muddy road, we all scrape off the mud as best we can and all are patient. In a small car like a Matrix, all are patient so when there are 2 in front and 4 or 5 in the back, the driver pops the hatch and TWO MORE GET IN the rear area.Its so crowded its a joke but its just accepted. And no moaning. It is just a way of life here. Heavy rains tonight.and it went down to 16C and even I was chilly!
As I said Sundays are a bit too quiet but about I got 3 calls to have tea and that was nice.
MONDAY Computer stuff from 8am to 10am. Then off to look for land for the orphanage .. the land was too expensive as they spotted the white guy... I have to learn
to not go on 1st outings as all costs rise if I am there. BTW an acre of land here is expensive in the Meru area at $10,000 to $15,000 PER ACRE. Stanley and Ann will keep looking for 1.5 acres as cheep as it can be...
Last nite was cool but today 27C or 28C, The cooler temps feel good but local people put light snowsuits on their babies..
A few of us accompanied a couple in a taxi to their home about 45 min out of Meru close to Mount Kenya which is the highest peak in Kenya. It was raining hard and it was slippery on the muddy roads but the driver was very good.. They paid the driver who drove them also earlier about 3000 Kenya shillings or $30 USD).. thats a lot but the upper middle class do have a bit.
BTW Stanley is right now talking to a few carpenters about building a small new home for our little 3 year old friend SHARON and her mom and gramma and a few brothers and sisters. ( I cant be with him as the quote would rise significantly. )
Their home is a bad bad hut.. we will see what the price comes in at... The roads are staying pretty muddy so materials would be hard to get..
Tuesday Nov. 10 '15 looked for more land but again too expensive. And Ann and Stanley the other two musketeers are the apex of patience. I remember in the US peace Corps in India way back in 1966-67, the PC Volunteers were all trying to get the job done.. ya have to cool down and go slowly, it is simply the culture.
Today when I walked quite a bit, it was hot and even humid. So I sweated but so did my Kenyan companions.
Meru has about 80,000 to 100,000 people and it's the center of Meru county. It sits on the equator but it's up
in the highlands about a mile high so it is usually pretty comfortable with a good breeze. Also they grow two crops
a year of corn and beans.. I guess food should not be a problem but most land plots are quite small like 1/8 acre.
i am told there are huge successful farms but I have not seen them.. I have seen LARGE numbers of DOLE greenhouses.. very well laid out and professional..but 80% of 42 million people are living on $1 to $2 per day.
Bruce in Kenya