Our first day in Juanga was pretty much spent just trying to soak it all in. Speaking of soak, I am going to say that I was soaked in my sweat almost 24/7 while I was there. It was so hot and humid that my arms eventually ended up developing a gross heat rash. Wretched times. Anywho, Kamael and I woke up early to check out the surrounding area and the schools the children attended. We also headed to the village and got to meet some locals as well. The first day there was also the day I found out that ants have a secret agenda to eat my body whole.
I opened my Macbook and had a swarm of ants pop out of my keyboard.
That was awesome.
What wasn’t awesome was that some locals may have thought a 12 year old girl was screaming, not some grown man.
“With a population of almost 41 million people, Orissa is the poorest region in India. Over 46 percent of the population lives below the national poverty level, with 20 million people living in extreme poverty. That’s more than the combined poverty of the poorest 26 African countries. The region is plagued with droughts, flood, and cyclones, which force the poor to rebuild their homes and villages every year. Compounding these abusive weather conditions, the people of Orissa suffer from malnutrition, lack of education, and inadequate healthcare.” – mPowering Foundation
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