After visiting the chicken farm, Dramane guided us through the back roads to the Keita family compound, about a 10 minute drive away, through bush and unpaved roads. When we arrived Mama Aminata was at the market and someone sent for papa Philemon. The boys were out working–watering a garden somewhere.
We sat and waited while the family members eventually arrived. I enjoyed this peaceful home place filled with the sights and sounds of Mali at its best. Take a look around with me and you will see real life as it happens here. The Keitas have (I think) 7 children, from older down to a baby born last October.
We were greeted by these healthy cows and the donkey as we arrived. Their feed–cut corn stalks–is up on top.
Dramane is the group leader here in Mountougoula. He looks after these families.
Elder Gbedevi, the Binenes and Elder Ikpeti waiting for family members to arrive.
Here we are inside the compound.
Water is hauled in the green and yellow containers.
A pigeon coop.
A charcoal pit where they make their own charcoal for their cooking fires.
Two bags of seed corn hanging in the mango tree where the cobs are safe from rodents and insects.
Waiting for the family to come on bamboo recliners.
I am always amazed at the ingenuity of resourceful people who figure out how to make do in places where you don’t just run to a store for the things you need.
A child’s toy made with bottle caps:
It’s so peaceful here. You can tell that a happy prospering family lives here.
As the family members and some of the children arrived, we had a good visit.
John and Dramane helped gather some membership record information from the family to update our records.
They brought out ID cards and birth certificates.
Aminata came from the market with a bucket full of vegetables–a cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and eggplant, to be put into their next meal.
Elder Ikpeti and Elder Gbedevi:
Here’s a photo of 3 of the boys when they were younger. The two older boys in this photo are twins–Lassine and Fousseiny. The 3rd boy is Konimba. Today we also met an older brother named Shaka. These 3 boys have been baptized and now they work at the chicken farm collecting the eggs every day.
Here are the family members here today: Shaka, Philemon, Aminata and the younger children.
Here’s our happy group today (the man on the left is our driver).