Back in the village today and construction is going well. Since we didn’t have a ton to shoot today we got to spend some QT with the kids. I walked into a classroom that Tim was in and he was have a little Q&A with the kids so I stepped in to help out a bit too. The questions we were getting were amazing! “Is wrestling real?”, “who is Saddam Hussein?, and the best one yet “Why do people come here?”
I met a new buddy today, Lester. He’s one of the local kids and is 12 years old. He doesn’t speak any English but we joke around and he appears to be a mischief-maker around the schoolyard.
The children of the village are fantastic. It seems with many of them you get a cold, hard look from them, then once you engage them they give you the biggest and most genuine smiles you have ever seen. One of the things I realized during our visit is that wealth doesn’t always affect ones happiness. I know many people who seem to be successful that aren’t as happy, peaceful, or appreciative of life as the people of Lihanda.
One thing that stood out when meeting these children however came when you would ask them their age. You would meet kids that were small in height and weight, looking to be about 6 or 7 years old, but were actually 12-14 years old. They were in good health and eating regularly now, but most of ones development potential is determined before the age of 5 so since they were likely malnourished at that time they don’t grow to their full potential for their age.