Today was the last day of home visits and a rather light day. We visited a few homes close by.
Some were unique, having a business attached aside. One of them had tile floors, sky blue concrete walls, and a housekeeper. It seemed very well maintained with no latrine issues or filter problems. At another house, there was a shop with machetes and other yard supplies. I did both surveying and observations, which was easygoing.
After the visits, we returned to the pastor’s home. A few of us decided to go hiking for awhile just to explore. So we hiked out in our boots to a hilltop, passing a river on the way. It poured a couple of times and got so bad that my boots got leaked in. But we managed to take some good panoramas at least.
By 11, we made it back to the house in time to prepare a final presentation, soaking wet and all. Everyone created charts and graphs based on survey data. Every member was also in charge of presenting a portion of the data. For example, one person would discuss the percent of locals who clean their filters properly or those who wash their hands effectively.
A couple of things I presented on were what residents thought was the main cause of parasites and the most common methods that they eliminate waste.
Some ways to eliminate trash (asked on the survey) were to:
- bury it
- throw it away
- burn it
And some of the causes of parasites asked on the survey was due to:
- contaminated water
- no latrine present
- lack of hygiene
It turns out that most residents believed that lack of hygiene causes parasites and that burning was a most common way to eliminate trash. I do agree that lack of hygiene is one of the major causes of parasites. Burning trash, on the other hand, was new and a bit surprising to me.
Lestor also brought up important points, such as how eliminating waste and removal of open water sources will prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
After the presentation, we played a few games with the kids: duck duck goose and cops and robbers. We also taught the kids to play Red Rover, which ended up being a bad idea.
There were about an equal number of girls and boys this time. Though we were originally going to mix the teams, one of the boys manipulated the others to play against the girls. It felt wrong, to say the least.
Everything was going fine, until playing red rover. And we all know the risks involved. One of the girls got injured on her arm and cried. That was enough to quit playing.
Later that night, the guys went on to play another round of farkil. Instead of playing, I talked with the pastor. We discussed religion, politics, and my hair. It was a very fascinating discussion.
Interestingly, most of the community is Evangelical Christian and are not as open to sports like baseball. Also, the locals here do not put a picture of Jesus or Mary on their walls, which he claims violate the commandment of idolatry. This is also likely because Christians believe in the trinity.
Also, we talked about how Daniel Ortega has been president of Nicaragua for 20 years, in contrast to Obama only able to be president for 8 years. It’s evident that there is no term limit in Nicaragua.
We called it a night by around 9, since we had to pack and leave the next morning.
By early morning, we left El Bambú, making a few stops on this 8-hour ride back to Managua.