Yeah. So I took off for Africa a few weeks back (in fact, I'm still here!). The flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg is 16 hours and I love it because I can catch up on movie watching. I absolutely love watching movies but don't really do it at home because I don't have much time to, don't have netflix, a TV, or a life conducive to sitting and watching a picture box - so me and international flights get along quite well. The only problem is that I lose track of time on planes and while traveling. I have this thing that happens to me, especially in Africa, where I forget what day it is, and sometimes what month is it. Anyway. I had the honor of returning to Swaziland with the Thirst Project to document some of the progress they are making in their audacious effort to provide the entire country with access to clean water. It was pretty amazing to see communities literally turned inside out because the Thirst Project put in a well. One gal said to me... "Life is happy happy happy now. I have what I need. I have water."
We also got to visit a community called Malendza. It's one of my all time fav places in Swaziland. I have all sorts of friends there, particularly this extremely elderly lady named Koko. She tried to teach me to cut down a tree with a machete and then told me that I was not a good African because I couldn't manage. When we pulled up to the village she came out and gave me a big hug - she remembered me from more than a year ago and asked me why it had taken me so long to get back into town... I was overwhelmed with joy.
Here are a few photos from our time in Swaziland.
This is Koko. The glasses were my idea - the sass was totally her idea. This photo was from last year!
Meet Pogas. He is a 5 year old pre-schooler in a village called Debeli. His village received a well and it was so amazing to celebrate with everyone. His village is where the chicken incident happened (aka, I was peer pressured into cutting off a chicken's head - and we all ate it directly afterward while I had severe emotional trauma). That's us in Sibu's village. Anyone got like $50k they'd like to donate to Sibu's village? He is our Swazi bro for life and we really would love to get water to his village. It was a really short, but amazing trip. If you want to find out more, go to www.thirstproject.org.