June 23, 2009

Highly Valuable "Tupperware"

Marc and I were commenting tonight how different life is here in Mozambique. We have a guard at our house most of the time, not because we want to but because we have to for safety. That in itself takes some getting used to. But that is not what I want to write about tonight. You might have noticed my title for this entry is Highly Valuable "Tupperware". This is also known to us as our trash. You see our guard who is a lovely older Mozambican man that travels quite far by bicycle to work as our guard likes to pick through our trash. He does not do it out of disrespect he does it out of necessity or at least concern that we are throwing things away that he considers valuable and big blessings. You see he delights in finding containers of any type, small, large, plastic, glass, tin in our trash because he can take them home to his wife to use in their "kitchen" and for many different household uses. We have taken to seperating them for him now. We have two bags that go outside, one with trash and the other with containers he may want that we put aside for him. We call it our Mozambican recycling program. Of course this does not mean that he does not still go through our trash but at least we feel like we are making it easier for him. AHH life in Mozambique-so different from the USA!

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