Cassava

A basket full

This dear lady has walked a long distance to sell her cassava at the market. It is called Umwumbati in Kirundi. In Swahili it is Mihogo.

The cassava plant is a small bush. People use the leaves of the plant, pounding them and cooking them sometimes adding small dried fish called ndagala to the mixture. This dish of boiled cassava leaves is called Sombe in Eastern Congo

The tubers are what the flour is made from. This gluten free flour made from cassava is also called tapioca flour. Raw cassava tubers are poisonous. People grind it and cook it well using it in a variety of ways. Our cook says he sometimes adds the ground cassava to the cooked beans to thicken the sauce.

Bugali, a dumpling type food is a popular part of most meals for most people in Africa. It is made either from Cassava or Maize.

After rice, maize cassava is the third largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics.

Unfortunately these women who have harvested this food do not receive much money for their very hard work. The challenges they face daily are many. I find it a privilege to meet some of them and inspite of these challenges they have ready smiles.

What are you building?

it takes patience and courage

Encourage one another and build one another up.”

NAJENGA Congo is all about an attitude of building hope by serving people in this region of Africa.

Recently when the well was drilled on our Najenga land, there was a huge expression of hope among the villages around our land. For the first time ever in their lives, accessible water will be a reality for them. Not just water, but clean water that won’t make them sick. It presents a hope that young children and vulnerable adults will be free from the diseases that have come from bad water.

We can see the difference in the lives of children and adults when they have hope.

Education, in a variety of ways, provides hope and a future for people. There are many testimonies of young people we have been able to help get an education because of generous people who have given to make this possible.

I will share with you more of the progress that is happening in Najenga and other projects in subsequence posts.

  Thank you for reading.