Well, last night was Brenna’s birthday so I think we were all a little slow to get up this morning, however, today marks the last day of scheduled events by CGE for this trip. On our busy list of things to do today we have a trip to the University of Namibia (UNAM), a visit to Physically Active Youth, and a dinner for the CGE staff, cooked by the 9 of us.
Like most things on this trip, the day did not go exactly as planed.
We had a wonderful visit to UNAM where we met with professors and students. When we first arrived the campus had just lost power, so students were milling around and waiting for the power to come back on or classes to be cancelled, whatever came first. We were able to spend time in a lecture and participate in the class discussion, which was about why they teach environmental studies in Namibian schools. The environmental studies classes that are taught in Namibia cover more than just taking care of the flora and fauna in the country, they also encompass personal health issues such as maintaining good personal hygiene and sexual health. After class we got a tour of the school, at which point the power came back on, and saw that like at most big schools in the U.S. there were lost of people, construction projects and buildings to navigate. Kristi and I somehow got separated from the group in the art building for about 20 min. This was only a bit worrisome because we were getting very hungry and had to choose between waiting for the group to find us or finding food... The group found us and we were off to lunch.
Lunch was at the Texas Stake and Tea house. An interesting fusion of items, but they had milkshakes (Sara) and Greek salads so everyone in the group was happy.
After lunch we went to Katutura to visit with a group of people who work for a program called Physically Active Youth. It is an after school program designed to help students stay busy, eat good meals, and help out in their communities. One of the new projects they were implementing is their own garden where they will grow fresh veggies and fruit for the children to eat. The garden will be planted and tended by the children of Physically Active Youth. There were not very many students there that day however, because most of them were helping out at the first ever Katutura Expo.
Our group was excited to go and check out the goings on so Romanus took us down to the expo grounds and we got a quick tour. I would describe the expo as a county fair. There are animals, like cattle, horses, goats, and sheep, which are judged. There are tents with crafts and other goods to buy. And there are events, like a boxing match and musical entertainment for people to watch. It would have been nice to stay longer but we had dinner to make.
The plan had been to make a taco bar for the CGE staff as a thank you for taking such good care of us all week. When we got back to the house we found that the ingredients were better suited for chilli instead of tacos, so that is what we made. Hat’s off to Ana and Kristi for making some of the best chilli I have ever had. I noticed that some people went back for seconds and thirds because they just couldn’t get enough. We also made garlic bread, salsa, guacamole, and blueberry muffins for desert. The meal was a great way to end our busy and full week.