It took a few days for the communities of Aparanga and Bungatira to decide on how to proceed with the minimal funds we’d raised toward a tractor.
It was decided that each community would receive 4 oxen and 1 plow. Oxen and plows are not readily available and are only available on market days. Since we were pressed up against other obligations and short on time before beginning our departure across the country and back home, we pushed this project back to our next visit.
It’s better to wait and arrange for the best oxen possible rather than to hurry and pick from only what’s available on a certain date.
Pushing back the purchase of oxen and plows also allowed us to move funds around a bit and purchase the remainder of the beads from the Bungatira beaders. They’ve been frantically working under the glow of solar lights each night to complete as many pieces of paper bead jewelry as possible.
We love their efforts and we know you’ll love their jewelry.
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Alicia, I’m again impressed with the wisdom you are gifted with. All the souls you touch in Africa, and here, are blessed with the many things you do for others.
How much does a plow and an ox cost? Do your children there need quilts? I’m a quilter, love to sew, but there’s just so many quilts one can put on a bed in Arizona!
Thank you for thinking of us, but quilts aren’t needed. I bet one of your local pediatric hospitals, elderly care facilities, or homeless shelters would love them.
The cost of a plow and a team of oxen depends on the oxen available, how in demand they are, and the exchange rate.
Thank you. Keep us posted as you fund raise for the oxen and plows. 😊❤️
We already have the funds for this project. 😊
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Well then, I’ll just wait for the opportunity to purchase some jewelry and art work! 😊