A blog by Dan Moen
We are staying in a large house with maybe 20 separate rooms. There are multiple bathrooms with showers on each of the two floors. There is plenty of water (but low water pressure) from a cistern attached to the backside of this building. Because the water is cold I found that my showers went fairly quickly. Most of us have a roommate. My roommate is David (28yrs old) from South Maryland. He was a wonderful buddy on the trip and most importantly he didn’t snore. We slept each night under a net that hangs from the ceiling. This is to protect us from mosquitos that might carry malaria. As it turned out we didn’t really have a problem with mosquitos. Anyway, we woke each morning with the sounds of loud birds and roosters crowing.
On the second day we travel in our caravan out to one of the six Eco-Villages. It is about ten miles from our compound in a beautiful location. This is another day of stuffing the plastic bags with medium. At the eco-village we learned that members of this “groupement” give at least a day of their week to the collective farm. The rest of their week they can work on their own garden s that surrounds their houses. The people in the Eco-Villages are mostly refugees from PAP and the earthquake in January of 2010. They are city people who are trying to get use to the difficult work of being a farmer or peasant. The Eco-Villages is a hard life but there is safety, community and an opportunity to live a sustainable life. For example in their personal gardens, each tire in a tire-garden can hold 5 pepper plants. If each plant produces 15 peppers at 40 gourds (don’t pronounced the d) or a dollar a pepper the peasant has an opportunity to have a life where his children can go to school and he can sustain his life. I understand that most of the most who came to live in Eco-Villages do not leave.