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Lavaka!


We have a lavaka (hole) in the ground! The first stage of building the toilets for the unfortunately named ‘Habitat 1′ I’m told it doesn’t sound nearly as bad in French or malagasy as it does in English. Habitat 1 is a plot of land where those girls who have grown too old to remain at Akany Avoko can own their own homes and lead independent lives. The current toilet block is no longer suitable so UK scouts are building a new one.

I’ve been to the rural school where we’ll offer a three day free summer school to the kids giving them hygiene education and loads of fun and I’ve been finalising the accommodation for the scouts too.

The malagasy people are very polite and generous in general. They share food, wait until everyone has been served before eating no matter how long it takes, say excuse me even if they haven’t got in your way, speak politely to you in the street, it’s lovely. It all stops near the back door of a taxi be (the mini-busses that are the main form of public transport) there are always more people waiting to get on than can fit, like a proper Brit I tend to attempt to queue, that leaves me waiting around for the next taxi be as the Malagasy beat me to it with pushing, shoving, elbowing and generally doing whatever they can to get in first! I felt quite pleased with myself today after holding my own outside the supermarket and diving into the second one to come along! Once in, it’s all politeness again and everyone helps everyone else to settle into the seats, pass money and change to and from the money boy at the back, hold bags and small children….

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2 comments on “Lavaka!

  1. Carol Samuels
    July 1, 2013

    I posted some knitting patterns in French for you on your OxKnit facebook page. Sorry, I wrote on the knitting page that I had posted it to the OxKnit website when I meant facebook page.

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