- You are preaching to the choir, Carol. I think it s time to back down on this. Marsha ... You are preaching to the choir, Carol. I think it s time to backMessage 1 of 31 , Apr 26, 2013View SourceYou are preaching to the choir, Carol. I think it's time to back down on this.Marsha
On Apr 26, 2013, at 3:38 PM, Carol Curtis <kejbarok1863@...> wrote:You should have kindly chastised your papa and said that you are one of the boys and totally capable of doing this. When I was in villages in the Solomon Islands, they had never seen a white woman do anything, and when I built a fire and helped with cooking the parents were appalled and I know they got angry at their daughter for allowing this to happen, but I just told her to tell them it was my fault not hers, and to tell her parents that. After it happened a few times, then the parents were comfortable with me getting dirty too. When I went to the garden it was the same story, but I just started doing what they were doing, and they soon accepted my help, albeit I did very little compared to what they did. In this village I was called "Missy", which as we all know is a slave term, and I was appalled. I literally told them they could call me anything in the book, I didn't care, but please don't call me Missy, I told them it was a slave term, etc. etc. etc., but all of this was impossible to comprehend, language was not an issue, and I know they called me this out of respect, but it was very difficult to hear.When I was in Papua New Guinea at the College of Education in Goroko, I was sharing a dorm room with a PNG student ( I was there for the Highlands SingSing, something I had read about since childhood and always wanted to see) and Lucy and I got very close. She would eat with me in the cafeteria, but none of her friends or boyfriend would. I was just coming from 3 years on Lae, so I also was not comfortable being with whites, and rarely saw them, but knew even less what to say to them (I know this sounds crazy but it is true)!! So one day I took our eating trays back to the kitchen and met my roommate outside, and as I walked by all her friends I knew they were saying something about me, so when I met up with Lucy I asked her what they had said. And to my horror they said "This is the first time we've ever seen a white person do something for a PNG person." True, true, and I was so appalled Lucy and I went back to our room and talked most of the night about colonialism, prejudice, discrimination, and my comment to her was "what have the white people done to you?" She told me that her sister had become a nun because her sister thought this would be a place where they would treat her fairly without prejudice, but she soon learned this was not the case, and left the nunnery!!!! This was in 1978, and these were deep learning experiences that I still often think about. So all we can do is try and let people know who we really are regardless of how surprised, unwilling, or uncomfortable we may all be for awhile.We are ALL JUST SIMPLY HUMAN BEINGS LIVING OUR LIVES THE BEST WE CAN ON OUR VERY TRAVAILED EARTH....AND AS WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE SO, SO MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN ANY OF THE DIFFERENCES WE MAY PERCEIVE.!!!Sorry Steve I'm sure you didn't expect such a response to your message!!!!Blessing and joy to you all....CarolOn Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM, Steve Kavalauskas <steve@...> wrote:
I tried to fill the drum a couple of times, but each time our “papa” came and chastised me and called the “boys” over to do it. Steve--
- THANKS BILL. I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION, FRIENDS CALLED ME FROM MAJURO TUESDAY EVENING, FIRST CALL I HAVE EVER RECEIVED FROM ALLIN KEIN, & THEY CALLED FREE VIAMessage 31 of 31 , May 28, 2013View SourceTHANKS BILL. I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION, FRIENDS CALLED ME FROM MAJURO TUESDAY EVENING, FIRST CALL I HAVE EVER RECEIVED FROM ALLIN KEIN, & THEY CALLED FREE VIA SOME WEBSITE. ANYWAY I ASKED THEM ABOUT THE DROUGHT SITUATION & WHY THE NORTHERN & WESTERN ISLANDS WEREN'T ABLE TO USE THEIR GROUNDWATER FOR DRINKING AS WE HAD DONE IN THE PAST. THEY MENTIONED THE SALINITY ISSUE, SO ARE THE GROUND WELLS BECOMING MORE CONTAMINATED WITH OCEAN WATER DUE TO SEA LEVEL RISE & CLIMATE CHANGE? WHEN THE ATOLLS GO UNDER IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF GROUND WATER SATURATION OF THE LAND LONG BEFORE THE WAVES ARE WASHING OVER EVERYTHING!!! SO ARE PEOPLE SEEING DIFFERENCES IN THE WATER LEVELS OF THE WELLS ESPECIALLY DURING HIGH TIDE?KOMOOL TATA & ENJOY YOUR NEW FRESH RAIN WATER!!CAROLOn Mon, May 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Bill Graham <advocate@...> wrote:The sudden and crushing downpour that soaked Majuro yesterday afternoon came out of what had been a perfectly clear blue sky under which the atoll had roasted all morning. It reminded me that I had neglected to reply to Carol's questions of last month about the water situation here.It was a very dry winter for most atolls and the first several weeks of spring brought little relief. Even this "ribelle" had the main tank at his house run out, forcing him to manually open a valve to bring the smaller standby tank into the system. The situation was particularly severe in several of the northern and western atolls, leading the RMI government to declare a state of emergency more than five weeks ago (http://pidp.org/pireport/2013/April/04-24-rl1.htm) and to issue a formal declaration of drought disaster earlier this month (http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/RMI_Drought_OCHA_SitRep03_21%20May%202013_FINAL.pdf).Those actions resulted in an outpouring of aid that has included the donation of several solar-powered reverse osmosis units which have been set up in many of the outer atolls. Last week's Marshall Islands Journal reported on a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) team from the U.S. that has arrived to investigate the extent of the disaster and the need for additional assistance (http://marshallislandsjournal.com/).The drought in Majuro ended more than two weeks ago when an eight-day period of regular rainfall filled most catchments and replenished the reservoirs at the airport which are fed by runoff from the runway. However, I have not heard that such good fortune has fallen in the north and west so life there may still be a daily struggle for many people who know that they cannot take for granted a constant supply of fresh water.I will keep my eyes and ears open for more encouraging news and report further as appropriate.---On Apr 26, 2013, at 3:24 AM, Carol Curtis wrote:In 1998 we had such a horrible drought in the Marshalls, that all pipes were off for weeks, including Ajeltake. I lived in Ajeltake about 3 miles or so past the airport, and we had a brackish well and we used this water for everything except cooking and drinking. After the water came one, once a week for several hours (our water came from the lenses water in Laura), we would spend at least 4 or 5 hours filling up all our containers, including our 100 gallon water catchment. We had a 900 gallon water catchment that was only used for drinking, and literally not a drop of that water was wasted. The people in Rita had no water, and so no one was bathing, and rarely able to wash any clothes. The Japanese brought in two small desalination systems, and one was put up at the high school where I worked, and everyday when the tide was in, there would be a very long line of people waiting to get water. They could only get 5 gallons per person, but when the tide was out, there was again no water, since they connected the system to the ground water, and not directly into the ocean. We had to boil our ground water when we had no rain water to drink and then let it sit overnight to settle out most of the salt. This took hours, and used a lot of kerosene since we didn't have electricity, but at least then we could drink it!!!!Then FEMA finally arrived, using the 2nd largest plane in the world, or so we were told, that came from Russia. The delay was because the plane wasn't allowed to land in Hawai'i, because of noise restrictions, so the plane flew to Alaska and came to Majuro that way. Thousands were at the airport to see the big trucks drive out the back of the plane, and all the equipment etc. My children and I rode our bikes to the airport and we had first had views, since the road was backed up for miles each way with people trying to get to the airport. I'll never forget the expression on my son's face as a big truck drove out of the airplane. Then the company hired by FEMA was in a big rush to make their deadline, or they didn't get paid, and they worked around the clock putting in a desalination system by the airport. They broke into the road and put a big pipe directly into the lagoon to pump water into the desalination system. It was several days more before DUD had any water, since they had to fill up one of the water reservoirs at the airport before they could begin to try to pump water all the way to Rita. It was an exciting time, and everyone was very patience and cooperative, and hardly any one complained, we just laughed about the situation, but it wasn't really all that fun for people in town. I never would have had a little house in Ajeltake without a well, no matter how salty!!!!When the rains finally came a few months later, we so very much rejoiced and we went out into the rain, and everyone was so HAPPY!!! Bill whatever happened to the desalination plant? And what has the water situation been for this past decade???So as you turn on your tap and drink the water, or take a shower, always remember the people in the world who have nNO safe, running water.CarolOn Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM, Steven Shattuck <steveshattuck@...> wrote:You had BUCKETS????
On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM, Sandy Polson <spolson@...> wrote:Thanks for the smile. One of my students wanted to talk about my shower house. So all who came to our classroom heard about how we poured buckets of water over our heads to take a shower.On Apr 23, 2013, at 1:53 PM, Carol Curtis wrote:Yes, I think I've managed a bath in less than that....On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM, Marsha Bollinger <mabollinger@...> wrote:Too true.
On Apr 22, 2013, at 1:51 PM, Kathy Uphaus <kathyuphaus@...> wrote:
Just shared this on my Facebook wall but not sure how to transport it here:
Pessimist: The glass is half empty.Optimist: The glass is half full.RPCV: I could take a bath in that!--