Here is a typical scenario describing the rains and my misfortune:
- The skies are completely clear and bright
- I decide to run some errands in town
- I leave behind my raincoat and/or umbrella (this is sub-Saharan Africa- I don't want to draw more attention)
- Due to the scorching heat, I'm usually wearing cool and light colors. Such as white.
- At the exact moment that I am as far as possible from any sort of shade or shelter there comes a downpour of rain
This rain is so fierce that it actually stings. There isn't much I can do but stand there and suffer through it, or seek some cover under a leaky tarp from a mama selling overripe bananas. Although they don't look appealing or fresh, I buy a few in exchange for preserving what is left of my dripping wet dignity.
Along with the rains come a whole host of new bugs and insects that seem to want to make my acquaintance by inviting themselves into my room, without giving me time to adequately assess their potential danger or intimidation factor. It's a jungle in there.
Last week we finally completed our handwashing lesson at three schools. In total, over 1,000 students received the hygiene message, so I expect by the time word gets around during our next set in January, we'll need to arrange for crowd control. These Peer Educators are a hot commodity. Check out the pictures.