A few funny stories and images

We had difficulty getting hot water to come out of a tap ( before we realized there was no running water and the taps were for show).  cold buckets of water are considered  the norm and good for a shower – This mama constantly heats a wood stove so that you have hot water available in a bucket to wash with

I think it is a global phenomenon that all people love to meet new people from other places and who are different than them. How strange it feels to be the only white person in the neighborhood and all the kids yelling “mazungu” as you pass by and then run away as you try to approach them. 

the security guard at the guesthouse where i stayed


Hospitals here – no food served, no services, no hospital gowns, no cleaning staff, 8 beds jammed into a small room with a chair beside each bed and every bed full with one child and maybe two depending on conditionsl. I visited the childrens ward for several days and it was loud, crowded with visitors and children crying, playing and moving around. The family must supply everything that the patient needs or the patient goes without. and the doctor may or maynot come that day to see you.

A hilarious conversation at dinner  with a group of 6 women and girls where I was asked what a dishwasher was……..  and then I desperately tried to convey what a dishwasher was and how it works and why in the world would you need one of these boxes in your house. Forget about even starting the conversation about garbage disposals or trash compactors.


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One Response to A few funny stories and images

  1. Sylvester Maroko Sijeny says:

    Erna, get me right, many children in the areas you ve worked in E Africa, must be sharing the names ” Erna Grasz “coz their parents or guardians strongly believe that your God given soft heart makes them have a hope in future.
    We, in R C Narok Masai Mara wish you and Asante Africa everlasting life.
    I would be very grateful if Asante Africa can support at least a school in Ugunja District, Siaya County of Nyanza Province.
    Thank you so much.

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