A common food is cassava. We had a good crop of it. You can see Leonard and Eric digging up the cassava roots. There is a pile of them at the feet of the ladies who are drinking tea. Cassava is a staple in Kenya - third highest source of carbohydrates, next to rice and maize. It is drought resistance, and very high in carbohydrates/starch; low in protein and other nutrients. It is peeled and then cooked many ways. One popular way is like french fries (chips) or chips (crisps). It is prepared like that in the city, not in homes in the village - too costly (because of the amount of oil needed) except as a treat to be bought on market day. Otherwise, in the home it is usually boiled - mixed in with other food as a filler to make it go further - or it can replace potatoes. It can also be dried and ground into flour. The flavor is vey bland. Note: unless cooked properly some cassava is toxic.
In another photo you see Joel standing in the sweet potato crop. It wasn’t ready for harvest at the time.
Leonard and Erick are splitting bananas, grown on the farm, into hands for distribution to the ladies. If you are wondering why the bananas are green - if they are left on the banana bush to ripen, the birds destroy them.
In all, the distribution was 3 large tins of maize, a hand of bananas and 3 cassava tubers. The widows are so appreciative, and they love to have their photo taken smiling, waiving, and showing their goods in appreciation.
The following week Jeremy and Joel took the same produce to a distant part of the area where we serve, and distributed it to widows there.
We want to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.
We declare God’s richest abundance over each of you - prosperity in every area of your lives; spiritually, physically, financially, mentally & emotionally, and socially.
John & Marty