Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Day 379: Wood Burning Stove Success

Many folks have heard that we've been installing improved wood-burning stoves in homes. Here are pictures of some of the 48 stoves we were able to install with the financial and technical support of World Vision International and the local health post.

Ines and Bianca in front of their new adobe stove

Here I am with Victor and his new cocina (note the black wall from smoke from the old fire pit)

Libby and Yiku testing out the results of a first run

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Day 366: Did You Know We Eat Guinnea Pigs?

Please note: If you are queasy at the site of blood or death, please consider skipping this post. Though we are both vegetarians, (me for my whole life and Benj for the past 8 years) we have decided to eat guinnea pigs while living in Musho. The community still knows that we don't eat other forms of meat, but because the guinnea pig such a special meal for the people of Musho, we have given in. Guinnea pigs are often raised in the kitchens, running around the dark warm area, inbreeding and creating a dirty environment. We're excited to tell you that all of the families that have a new cocina have moved their guinnea pigs into cages out of the kitchen. They don't have very much meat on them usually... and are served with a pile of potatoes!

So, if you want to see a few pictures of the cooking process (from life to the fry pan), read on!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Day 365: On One Year in Peru

Wow! We've officially been in Peru for one year! Congrats to all you other Peru 8ers out there!