Feb 2013 One of the contrasts between working in Kenya in the late 1990s and working with several Asian countries
In eastern Sumba, Indonesia finding water for life can be an unimaginable challenge. A few weeks ago we met villagers whose daily struggle for water included a 3 mile walk and an incredible “rock climb.” To reach water in a sheer-cliff ravine they had to walk at least an hour and then descend about 100 feet down a nearly vertical cliff. At the bottom are 3 small pools of water: one for drinking, one for water for animals and one for washing clothes.
A few weeks ago I met Rahkmat on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Sumba can be sad Sumba. It was always a fragile island ecosystem, but now the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean currents have made the rains even more erratic than before. Two years ago they had another of their recurring hunger years and we gave food relief. So, it was a joy to meet up with a man who exudes optimism and hope in this place.
The name of the plant is amaranth. It’s a high protein grain that has a wonderful balance of amino acids.
My son, Josh in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. I’m glad that I went there to be with him
Alfonso Vallejos has been a friend to me since the mid-1980s. For about 5 years he worked with me while