They have a small place for fire in the center of the floor in the home.
Dr. Vessely beside the Chief’s home
When we arrived in the village, we were greeted by dancing, singing and a very nice welcome.
For breakfast, the villagers drink cow’s blood. A small spear is used to lacerate the cows neck vein and blood is drained out and consumed. The cow lives, to produce blood and milk for another meal. They occasionally eat meat which is roasted as well as Ugali, a corn meal paste staple of East Africa. Water (which is dirty and disease-prone) comes from the nearby spring, where they also wash. They do not wear shoes and the circular area where the animals stay at night is strewn with manure from chickens, goats and cows. They live on the Maasai Mara, and if a lion kills one of their cows, the park will compensate them for the cow, instead of allowing the Maasai warriors to kill the lion. I believe this is an arrangement that is mutually acceptable now.
It was definitely interesting to see how this people live, and heartbreaking to think of the conditions that some of our patients will return to after surgery. We are encouraged to know, however, that we are making a difference in their lives. I hope to post an after photo for this child later. Due to the delay in internet access, the surgery is actually tomorrow!