Cookies | In A Village

One of the first things that I noticed about children in poverty-stricken villages…

— despite the hunger which was so evident in most of them,

Was how fun… how delightful, it is…

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to feed them.

The children always want to know what you are eating — and to look at the brightly colored wrappers of  your supply of protein bars you knew would run out soon enough.  

Notably, something that they really like – is something that they don’t have often.

Sugar.

A family member had bought a cookie decorating kit, which I somehow managed to bring all the way across the world, due to the fact that it had all dry ingredients – no liquids.

I woke early one morning, and headed to the living room, just as the sun was rising. I took full advantage of the few moments of holy silence, while the children were still sleeping and made my way around the table and desk, setting out the ingredients for the kids to decorate cookies as they awoke.

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The first little girl woke up. An eight –year-old. She heard me moving around quietly and her sleepy, tousled head silently found my stomach and she wrapped her arms around me.

“Can I show you something?” I asked, taking her by the hand.

I showed her the bright yellow icing, and the sprinkles, and the rainbow-colored sprinkles.

“What is it, Aunty?” She asked, looking at the stack of packaged butter cookies, in the shape of butterflies and flowers.

“It’s an art project.” I whispered.

She sat down and I showed her how to ice a cookie.

She thought it was paint. She took to the decoration of her piece — thoughtfully — in her little pink nightgown.

The next little boy wandered in. He was only six-years-old. He had been living on the street with his brothers until just about six months before. Now he was in kindergarten. He took his new school responsibilities very seriously and always wore a solemn, worried expression.  He knew that school  and church — were the factors which made his life comfortable, and separated him from the way that he lived on the street.

I sat him down, and put in front of him a cookie.

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I watched him begin to decorate his cookie.

More children filed in, but graciously and quietly it happened almost one-by-one.

And so it was each in a quiet moment that I was able to show them their task.

They loved the sprinkles. They loved the bright color of the icing.

But none of them – knew – what a cookie was.

“Don’t eat it.” I had told them. And they had listened.

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I suppose Crayola markers and tempera paints, and glue also appear edible — to someone who doesn’t know what they are.  

The kids had gotten used to this command not to eat the educational supplies they created with.

Finally – near the end of their quiet decorating, one of the girls – a very bright child – asked – “What is this, Aunty?”

I grinned.

“Everybody,” I announced. “Stick your finger in this… just a little bit.”

We passed around the icing bowl – and everyone placed a bit of the “yellow paint” on their fingers.

“Now,” I smiled… “Taste it.”

As they all began licking their fingers and their eyes went joyful and wide.

“What is THAT, Aunty!?”  One child demanded.

“It’s a cookie.”

I took the children out to the porch and they had their beautiful treats carefully on trays, and we took some of the best pictures.

The kids began to nibble on their treats, but not one child ate the whole thing. For nearly a week, I watched them sneak into the kitchen and take out their cookie and have just a few more bites.

They knew of scones, they had heard of cakes, they were learning — how cooking on a stove was different than cooking over am open fire.

– but until that day… they didn’t know cookies. And icing.

They loved these things called “cookies” and wanted them to last forever.

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We’ve tried many different cookie recipes, with many different ingredients we can access in the village.  Hopefully we can post more about those — including ingredient substitutions for commonly missing supplies, soon.

We’ve been baking cookies ever since, and are sharing some of our favorite cookie recipes with you today. Click on the pictures on the left side of your screen for the recipes and ideas by Gimme Some Oven.  (See video at the end of the post.)

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This may surprise you —

— but children in villages — with an internet connection —

— love to check out beautiful foods and cakes online.

Food photography and blogs, as well as cooking shows —

–have taken over the media in the past few years.

Children watch through window displays, glassed in televisions, or phone screens —

hunger makes them look a little bit dreamy — when they view beautiful foods on empty stomachs.

Ideas hug and comfort them with an inspirational touch — that maybe someday they will also be able to eat something like this.

For a recent holiday, the children chose to make a Rainbow Cake.

They didn’t have enough funding for several layers, but instead decided to paint it beautiful with food coloring and icing.

This was their result.

This is a great cake idea for birthdays — especially if children are helping to make the celebration special.

Bright colors — and extra sugar — bring hope to the children in the village.

Here is a link to our color wheel experiments which make Rainbow Icing possible even if a whole spectrum of food dyes are not availalble:  Color Theory

Click on the pictures on the left side of your screen for the recipes and ideas by Gimme Some Oven.

Check out the gallery on the right side of your screen to learn more about Rainbow Gardening and Village Nutrition.

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Why Do We Need Shoes? | In A Village

The mud…

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is not only… dirty.

The mud, is not only inescapable and slippery —

— to those who can’t afford to pay for proper shoes.

The mud is a pathway to parasites,

…which crawl in through painful sores in the feet,

and climb the legs to lay eggs in the lungs of it’s victims.

The mud isn’t only dirty…

it’s plagued with a herpes virus —

— that causes cancer.

The mud, and an absence of proper shoes…

— is one of the reasons why there are so many orphans

— in the village.

Sometimes barefoot isn’t an option.

Did you know that there are viruses in the soil, which damage children’s health?

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Celery | In A Village

There are a lot of wonderful vegetables —

— that grow in tropical environments —

that you don’t exactly expect to find there.

When good seeds are added to the blessings of natural environmental compatibility, one eventually learns that there are many types of food and nutrition that are not available in an area — which could be made available — if the people knew what they were, and how to produce them.

Hence, the term ‘introduced’.

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During a trip, far, far away from our usual dust —

I saw celery for sale in a grocery store.

Confused — it occurred to me —

If this food is here — someone grew it — here.  The celery had to be produced nearby.  Surely no one flew it in, for refrigeration is a challenge in the developing world, and water-intensive veggies don’t fair well without it.

That led me to the question, “Why don’t I see celery growing the village?”

During the rainy season, the conditions would have to be near perfect for this anti-cancer, immunity-boosting — anemia-annihilating vegetable — that needed to be grown —

— near the children — who can benefit fromit.

Celery has natural properties which fights both viruses, and influenza.

Not only that, celery seed is often sold — as a spice — in many world markets.  That said, in traditional Chinese medicine, or Ayurveda, celery, celery seed, and celery seed essential oils are used as treatments for both gastric ulcers, and influenza – as a massage oil, and aromatherapy, as well as ingested in soups, teas, and other meals.  If you are feeling under the weather, give this Skinny Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (celery included) a try from Gimme Some Oven.  The children make a similar meal, even in the village.  

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We decided to attempt growing celery during the rainy season.

Nearly a year after the first initial planting experiment, one of our kind staff members chewed on a stick of celery, claiming the wonderful merits of this good and flavorful food that the people crave.  

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As soon as people in the village became familiar with the plant, which they could recognize by the leaves, they began to integrate it with their supper. “Oh!” Exclaimed on special widow, touching the leaves lovingly, “I just really like the flavor of the leaves, and the smell of it, when it’s cooking.”

We’ve found that the people crave the foods their bodies need to reverse their malnutrition.

If they crave it, they need it.  If they crave it, and can identify and produce it, then they can heal their bodies with it.

Inspired by the Pinterest ads for ‘Foods that Re-Grow‘ we picked up some whole celery on our next trip to the capital city.

Guess what?

They really regrow.  The children and staff huddled around our little experiment one afternoon, looking at the new chutes growing out of the old bulb.  We knew how to do this much now.  The same celery stalk could feed us again and again if we were careful with it.  It was a good feeling to see the new little shoots coming out of the plant without any further effort.

I did not know that it could be that easy.”  Stated one man, shaking his head, who looks out for many children in the village.

If you know of anyone working on projects in tropical areas — encourage them to pick up some celery seed for the rainy season.  It helps.  

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Cabbage Soup | In A Village

I can remember stepping into a mud brick building.

They called the space — the kitchen.

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There was a boiling cauldron in the room filled with smoke and coals,

— and pieces of ash flying around as if it were Armageddon.

The  cook was trying to boil enough meal to feed thousands of people.

The boat oar swirled with great effort into the big iron pot —

–which once prepared, would be sloshed into bowls where students would line up by the hundreds, before breaking down into groups of three or four, around every prepared bowl,

— to eat the gruel — with their fingers.  

The cook knew the students could not survive only on meal alone — they needed nutrition.

So they would pull cabbage from the field, and chop it up, adding it as a relish to the mix.

It seemed they didn’t have enough.  

Nobody seemed to notice.

Village schools know that children who worry about where their next meal is coming from — are not able to focus as easily on absorbing the lessons from their academic studies.  


To address this, the headmaster created a plan to address the hunger of his students.  The students at different grade levels alternated one day a week each to work in the fields which produced the food that maintained them in their studies. Meals like this cabbage soup recipe make a big difference in small villages.

The process seemed to work.  The students were better nourished than the children who did not participate in the fields, or have access to the program.

Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods, and includes high levels of manganese — which fight cancer, and Vitamin B1, Vitamin K, and gives students a boost of academic energy and mental concentration .  Cabbage is also a food that is easily grown by children.  Try out some cabbage today – with this comforting Cabbage, Sausage & Potato Soup Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

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The short tender cabbage roots need only a little soil to be able to produce a decent volume of food, which means — they could even be produced on the rooftops of inner city schools with minimal efforts — and can grow in the hot tropics or even the mild winters with only a bit of environmental adjustments.  

What if every elementary school in more developed nations planned a four-hour nutritional production course and field into their curriculum?

Surely — it wouldn’t cost as much to keep them nourished, with all of the efforts and hands involved.  From the spirit of Oliver Twist, may every orphan and student whose stomach growls be able to enjoy a second bowl of comforting nutrition.

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We hope that the next time you eat cabbage, you remember the children in the fields.

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Fresh Carrots | In A Village

One of our little children was sick.  

Their childhood illness was wrapped up in an additional problem — the child was also severely malnourished.

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A cold, a flu, a cut — it doesn’t matter what kind of ailment a child faces —

when they are malnourished — the effects are worse.

In a place where there is not enough healthcare — these conditions put a higher burden on responsible adults

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In addition to the stresses of tending a sick child, with few resources, and the possible spread of the illness to themselves due to lack of clean water — there are not always enough beds in hospitals if the child’s fever spikes.

— there may not be enough vehicles to rent one if you need to try to reach a professional.

That means — swollen little eyelids and dry little lips are your business — to moisturize, to comfort —  to soothe —

Each tear that falls is a drop of liquid that isn’t in their bodies that you might not know how to replace.

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What do you do, when they are this sick?

One of the village doctors, has a solution.

The children hate it — but it works.

In the lines of the sick and afflicted — the doctor calls those who are suffering from certain symptoms —  giving the influenza-affected, cold-affected, incontinence-affected children —

— a quick shot of vitamin A.

What?  

A quick shot of a — vitamin supplementation?

Yep.  “Improving the vitamin A status of deficient children through supplementation enhances their resistance to disease and can reduce mortality from all causes by approximately 23 per cent.”  

Vitamin A is actually cutting edge medicine — providing an economical new solution to measles and other childhood diseases.  If immunizations are not present or available, Vitamin A is a second-line defense which helps the children fight the epidemic once infected with their own natural systems.

Still, for someone who still has to hold and rock the sick little babies — who hate those pokey- needles —

I had to wonder — for the love of God —

— could someone just try planting some freaking carrots around here?

Photographed: The actual Rainbow Carrots grown by the children in our village.

So… that’s what we did. 

Rainbow carrots — none the less. 

Notice how the inside of the carrot slice also resembles a human eye?

That’s a good way to remember that they also help to guard against blindness.

The carrots swell fat and crisp underneath the ground twice a year — in the rainy season, and the shoulder http://pinterestingagainstpoverty.org/fresh-carrots-in-a-village/season.

We learned that all you have to do to regrow your first batch of carrots is return the top of the carrot to the ground you pulled it from.  It contains the seed, and the root regenerates much faster than the feathery little seeds you purchase from the store.

One of the benefits in education of living in areas that have food insecurities — is you learn what each food has to offer by the diseases and effects the deficiencies have on human bodies, when certain vitamins and minerals are lacking in the diet.

So — even in the USA, if you are sick and have the flu — go eat carrots.  Even fresh carrot cake has great nutrients to offer.

Here are a few great carrot recipes to bless your day:

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The Difference Between Slaves and Refugees, Human Rights & Slave-Free Tomatoes

The other day, I was passing by one of my favorite market areas in a small stateside city.  The refugees were selling black cherry heirloom tomatoes.

I purchased a small basket full of the wine-colored fruits in order to bless their labor.  Several weeks ago, we wrote a post about slave-free tomatoes.      Buying heirloom tomatoes from local refugees while attempting to garden tomatoes in an area with several severe human rights violations – brought me to wondering…

What is the difference between the mindset of a slave… and a refugee?

Is a refugee someone who refused to BE a slave?  Or, is a slave simply a person that hasn’t ever been given an opportunity to – be free?

I started typing out a post about the differences that I’ve seen in working with people – who could be considered both – and hope to share it soon.

In the meantime, please keep reading below to understand our thoughts on slave-free tomatoes:

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“So, let me get this straight…”  I asked, continuing hesitantly –

“you mainly eat corn, onions, tomatoes and dark leafy greens.”

“Yes.”  Said the widow.

And you drink tea.

“Yes.”  She said.

“You know how to grow the corn, and the onions yourselves.”

“Yes.”  She said sternly.

“Do you know how to grow the tomatoes?”

“No.”

“Where do the tomatoes come from?”

“I don’t know where they come from.”

“How do they get to the market?”

“I don’t know.”

“Are you allowed to grow tomatoes?”  I asked finally, trying to make sense of this situation.

The widow shuffled.  And hesitated.  “There are many things which we have not been taught to do properly.  They do get angry at those who grow different things from time to time.”

I knew from my food biology class that tomatoes were needed to fill the nutritional gap from the glucose in the corn.  The children would become quickly malnourished without the vitamins and nutrition present in a plant they were not able to produce for themselves.

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Meaning — they had to have money in order to be healthy. 

“Do you know what the seed to a tomato looks like?”  I asked.

“Of course.”

There had to be at least twenty seeds in every tomato we purchased.

Twenty seeds that could produce 20 tomato plants.

Twenty tomato plants, that could yield about 15 pounds of food per plant.

Why were these people afraid to grow what it would take to keep their children from dying of hunger?

“Okay.  We are going to have to figure out how to grow tomatoes in pots.”

The people agreed.

-Check back in with us soon, we may have more posts and pictures of our tomato project, which is currently in progress:

 

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Click here to read about Slave Free Tomatoes — rights for immigrant workers, and pick up some great tomato recipes!

 

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Chilean Plums | In A Village

On a trip, far, far away — further than I could walk,

— a trip that happened after a long walk — in a luxurious contraption called a motor car,

— I found a Chilean plum, in a grocery store.

The color was delightful, and I purchased one…

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–to bring back to the village — and feed the children a taste.  

After taking a few videos and pictures with the beautiful fruit —

–we cut it into small pieces, and set it out as a treat for a four-year-old’s birthday, passing the dish around.

The fruit was soft, and juicy, and sweet.

We were careful — to save the seed.

Hoping to see — if it might be possible — to grow something similar in the village.

We all knew that if we could get something like that seed to produce — like a good “Jack and the Beanstalk” story,  the fruit could generate income, and fill nutritional gaps — for the orphans and the widows.  

Something as simple as a good seed could also house, clothe, and educate the widow with the green thumb — or — the struggling young student with the internet connection.

On a different continent, a few weeks later — I went to a grocery store.

 I smiled when I saw the same little plums on the shelf.  My hope — was that the little barefooted children in the far off village where these fruit were produced — were able to go to school by the cost of their produce.  

Some may think that someone as far away as a fruit picker in the subtropical nations doesn’t have an impact on their well-being or daily lives —

— but the fruit was just one glowing example of how far the efforts of their simple labor were able to reach.  The cheery little fruit was brightening the produce baskets in three different corners of the world.

It’s a wonder to me, that people can walk past the fruit in their grocery stores, and really not know the lands or the people they come from.  The fruit has a shorter lifespan, and yet travels further, than most people do.

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Preparing Rainbow Garden Eggplant | In A Village

“And what is your favorite vegetable to eat?” I asked the widow.

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“It’s called,,” she pronounced the next syllables carefully. “Di—le—de.”  (Or — something like that.)

“And what does it taste like?”  I asked.

It wasn’t easy to figure out which vegetable she was referring to by her verbal description.

It is no easy activity to actually describe the vegetables you are used to eating.  African Eggplant, for example, is also known as ‘bitter tomato’; aubergine écarlate, tomate amère, djakattou; nakati etíope, berenjena escarlata and  非洲紅茄.

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“It comes from a plant that is about this big.” She motioned to about waist-high, determined to help me figure out this — her favorite vegetable,

“–and it has yellow flowers that bloom and then grow down.”

“And you like the plant?”

“Yes.” She said.

“And it grows here well? In this soil?”

“Yes, it does.” She said, hopefully. She gave me a hopeful sideways glance wondering if I would I buy the seeds for her…

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“So how do you cook it?” I asked.

“We make a relish of it. So we chop it up and we put it with the flavorings of the chickens. We sometimes add some leaves and onions.”

“You mean… you even eat the leaves?”

“Yes!” She said.

And so we sought to get the right seeds.

To grow them for the widow that had tried them before — and loved them.

Update: After growing a whole batch of this lovely purple vegetable, the children began to look towards their trusted adults to find different ways to prepare their new vegetable.  They sauteèd the cut vegetable with tomatoes and other vegetables.  Now we’ve learned that combination of late-summer vegetables – has a French name.

We were looking for a good eggplant recipe that is close to what the village is preparing – and now we’ve found one!  Try this Easy Ratatouille from Gimme Some Oven!

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Why Do We Need Shoes? | In A Village

The mud…

is not only… dirty.

The mud, is not only inescapable and slippery —

— to those who can’t afford to pay for proper shoes.

The mud is a pathway to parasites,

…which crawl in through painful sores in the feet,

and climb the legs to lay eggs in the lungs of it’s victims.

The mud isn’t only dirty…

it’s plagued with a herpes virus —

— that causes cancer.

The mud, and an absence of proper shoes…

— is one of the reasons why there are so many orphans

— in the village.

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Yellow Roses | In A Village

Over the years, you get used to certain views in developing nations.

For one thing, there is usually dust — or mud —

— depending on the climate.

There is usually some kind of grass, some kind of foliage — and some kind of color.

However — plants that take a bit more work — like roses —

— are a little bit less common to find.

In places where so many are hungry, the benefits of roses are forgotten amongst the thorns of a bleak reality.

That said, roses are still brilliant in their own way.

Roses are just noticeable.

When I stepped off a plane,

I noticed roses planted near the runway.

As we drove from the airport —

I noticed a few blooms near the side of the road.

When I went to pick up groceries before heading on the day long road trip,

— there was a pretty little woman in a business suit, with roses lined up in glass vases.

I couldn’t afford a dozen, but wanted to bring them out to the little children in the village.

The woman agreed to let me purchase just a few.

Graciously, she pulled out about three roses.

Thrilled, I paid a small amount for the flowers — adding them to our grocery pile.

When I mentioned that we might try to propagate them, she almost took them back.  

Instead, she quickly sliced every new shoot branching out from the roses.

She didn’t want competition.  Not even from orphans far away.

If you gave an orphan a rose —

everyone knows

— the children would be determined enough to learn how to produce the blooms rapidly in the naturally sandy soil.

The orphans would be willing to work harder and longer, and produce more of the beautiful blooms — than the shop owners who currently had control of the market.

Business owners didn’t want to have to work as hard as the orphans were willing to in order to keep their advantage.

–the easiest thing a shopowner could do to protect their income and status was to keep the flowers and seeds out of the hands of the children who wanted to go to school.

When I went back to the village, the little girls smelled the flowers and walked a little bit higher on their tippy toes.

We made rose cupcakes.  

Roses-are-RED
Rose Cupcakes | Pinteresting Against Poverty

We played “he loves me, he loves me not”.

We took pictures with the roses.

Someday, we hope to learn how to grow these beautiful blooms.  

The passionate reds, the yellow of friendship, the presence of all color in the white blooms.

We hope for a world where an orphan or a widow is allowed to grow roses in peace.

Roses are not only beautiful — they are therapeutic, edible, flavorful, fragrant, and medicinal.  

We hope to post some rose recipes and how to’s soon. 

The Sweetest Rose Cake Recipe | In A Village

 

How To Grow A Rainbow Garden | Children’s Instructions From The Village

Scissors

You may think — that it is easy to help a widow in a village.

I can tell you from experience: It isn’t.

As the widows stand in a strange doorway — encouraged by their friends to investigate a new work opportunity,

— several realize, as theirs hearts beat fast —

— that if they were — not– by my side hoping for our help —

— that they would be doing something — that they know how to do. They would not have to to conquer any of the insecurities — of a task unknown.

A lack of formal education leaves many feeling shame — and with a fear that they can’t learn. Many — understandably — fear opportunities — more than they hope — for the good of them.

But not all — are so fearful. Some are brave.

Their bravery — creates a challenge — of it’s own.

One widow, who had a better education before she was removed to the village of the destitute (as women are not allowed to own property) spoke up — encouraged by the opportunity to work with an international NGO. She had once been advised of her labor rights, and her act of bravery was putting those long-lost lessons to the test. She knew to ask foreigners harsh questions and negotiate a good deal. The only problem? That foreigner — happened to be — me.

“Now. You!” She says in a way that makes me jump. “You say that YOU want to have a rug of these cloths.”

“Yes.” It was true.

“You! say that you! will pay us to do this work. Is THAT the truth?”

“Yes.” I answered honestly. We were ordered to get a rug for our facilities, but thought perhaps we could make one out of our old clothes. Instead of buying a rug — we decided to try to hire the widows, to give them a day’s work at a man’s wage.

“And…” she pauses, “How is it that you! expect us to cut these cloths?” As she points to the teetering tower of rags and remnants.

I’m already a little bit tired of being ‘me'(!). I looked back at the teetering pile of unsalvagable laundry.

It’s important to say that knives are used — to do — just about everything in the village. A knife can be used as a fork, knives — can cut grass, protect from thieves, deliver babies, cut umbilical cords, prepare foods — they can be heated to repair the soles of shoes — and cut clothes.

I forgot to ask them — to bring their own tools today.  I admitted this, blushing.

“Well, well.” Says the widow. “You! are not prepared for us laborers!” She cackled.

“I’m sure we can find something to use.” Confidently, and a little more tired — I sent children to rush around looking for supplies.

Out of knowledge, I asked, “Now, what would you use at home?”

The widow laughed, slapped her knee — and started to dance — with her hands making cutting motions. “What do you call theese!!” Her arms cut through the air as she giggled.

I blushed. “Scissors.”

“YEs! YEs!” She cackled, and the women also blushed. “We need your little — contraptions! Those little machines!! That do like this!” She laughed and danced cutting with her fingers through the air — and some of the anxieties. If we were unprepared, it was enough that — in the humor of the moment — the other women were relaxing and also hiding their smiles.

I still blushed. It was funny.

After all — how did any civilization get so “advanced” that we needed something as complicated as scissors to cut up cloth? It did seem funny, in the village.

“So when can we start?” Asked the widow.

“Right now if you’d like.”

Children were showing up with all kinds of sharp edges, offering their possiblities. There were a few pairs of Crayola scissors included in the mix — that I was both ashamed and proud of.

“We need to have the rug — before the magistrate comes to re-inspect. They never tell us what time they are coming — so — I hope by the end of the week we can be finished.” I explained.

Still laughing, the widow cackled with a dry voice pretending to be an uppity movie star, “We need 50,000 each to be properly equipped to do your job. And we get to keep the tools. Agreed?”

In other words, they were asking for about $70 worth of scissors.

I laughed. The widow went solemn. “We are widows.” She said all of a sudden seriously.

I nodded in acknowledgement of the title.

“You have to respect our rights, and equip us as you would have yourself equipped. Otherwise we cannot work for you.”

I sighed. It was going to be a long day.

And they wanted scissors.

This is how projecting with the widows started.

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Preparing Cabbage

I can remember stepping into a mud brick building.

They called the space — the kitchen.

There was a boiling cauldron in the room filled with smoke and coals,

— and pieces of ash flying around as if it were Armageddon.

The  cook was trying to boil enough meal to feed thousands of people.

The boat oar swirled with great effort into the big iron pot —

–which once prepared, would be sloshed into bowls where students would line up by the hundreds, before breaking down into groups of three or four, around every prepared bowl,

— to eat the gruel — with their fingers.  

The cook knew the students could not survive only on meal alone — they needed nutrition.

So they would pull cabbage from the field, and chop it up, adding it as a relish to the mix.

It seemed they didn’t have enough.  

Nobody seemed to notice.

Village schools know that children who worry about where their next meal is coming from — are not able to focus as easily on absorbing the lessons from their academic studies.

To address this, the headmaster created a plan to address the hunger of his students.  The students at different grade levels alternated one day a week each to work in the fields which produced the food that maintained them in their studies. 

The process seemed to work.  The students were better nourished than the children who did not participate in the fields, or have access to the program.

Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods, and includes high levels of manganese — which fight cancer, and Vitamin B1, Vitamin K, and gives students a boost of academic energy and mental concentration .  Cabbage is also a food that is easily grown by children.

The short tender cabbage roots need only a little soil to be able to produce a decent volume of food, which means — they could even be produced on the rooftops of inner city schools with minimal efforts — and can grow in the hot tropics or even the mild winters with only a bit of environmental adjustments.  

What if every elementary school in more developed nations planned a four-hour nutritional production course and field into their curriculum?

Surely — it wouldn’t cost as much to keep them nourished, with all of the efforts and hands involved.

We hope that the next time you eat cabbage, you remember the children in the fields.