We saw a young man wearing a black golf shirt with the McDonald's name and golden arches logo on it. We asked him if he knew what McDonald's was. He had no idea! At last somewhere in the world McDonald's has not discovered! In fact, there are NO fast food restaurants here in Bujumbura. We also saw a "Flagstaff Golf" shirt on a kid, and the streets are full of sports jerseys with players numbers, names, and team names. Remy has an attractive jersey with the #4, Eagles, and the name Kolb on it but has no idea who the player is or what sport this team plays. He just likes the color of the jersey! I think all of the cast-offs from U.S. closets end up being sold on the streets of Bujumbura.
Remy leaves in 2 weeks for his mission in Benin. He is concerned about his mother's house while he is away. The worry is that it will fall down. It already leaks, the mud walls are unprotected from the rains, and the roof is not sound. Branch President Dieudonne asked us to come with him to inspect this house. Remy wants to strengthen the walls with cement, put 5 timbers in the roof. and fill in the holes in the roof that let in the rain. He is willing to do all of the work but would like the Church to help with the cost of the raw materials. He is asking for about $400 to make the house stronger.
|This long, brown house belongs to Remy's mother. She lives in the space at the far left end and rents out the 2 spaces with the fabric in the doorway for about $6.40 a month.|
|You can see the unprotected clay bricks that are disintegrating in the rain. This is Remy's mom's house.|
|The floors in the house will remain dirt, as there are no plans to do any work on the interior at this time. There is no electricity, no running water. The people in this neighborhood have about a 10 minute walk to the nearest source of water.|
|While there, we saw a couple of young men digging a new toilet. One is down in the hole filling a bucket with dirt. The boy you see then pulls the bucket up and dumps it. This toilet will be for the entire neighborhood.|
|This little guy was playing it cool and watching us from a distance.|
|These kids are part of the crowd we drew. Nothing like weird looking "muzungas" to create a circus for the neighbors!!|