viernes, 25 de septiembre de 2020

Mukuni Housing

mukuni village hut home

The Mukuni people live in huts made with timber and stucco with a metal or thatch roof.  These thatch roofs will outlast a shingle roof in the United States and many tile roofs as well, with an average lifespan of 30 years if properly cared for.   

Most families have a thatch fence that surrounds their cooking area, bathroom and family huts.  Once inside the fence, the ground is smoothly swept cleaner than any floor you will ever walk on.

mukuni village bed & linensmukuni village home

Inside a Mukuni home, you'll find a room about the size of 10'x10' with a single bed, cooking utensils, dinnerware, clothes, shoes, toiletries, food, etc. The parents will reside in the home with any children that are under 2 and nursing. 

Children that are older and no longer nursing will live in their own hut together next to their parents.  Outside this children's home, are stools for children to rest on when at home. 

childrens hut mukuni village

The matriarch and patriarch will also have their own home.  The patriarch of this family is reclining outside of his home.  Often, the elders will have nicer roofs and larger homes as they have been more established and have more help. It is important to note how important family is, living within community and supporting your family.   The relationships are very close and they care deeply for one another.  

mukuni patriarch home

Access to Water

Only 50% of the Zambian people have access to clean water.  Those who have access, many will have to walk many miles to get to the water just to turn around with it.  About 8 years ago, some missionaries came to the Mukuni Village and installed a water facility to allow the many local people access to clean water.

mukuni village water facility

This new water access through a pump and piping has taken away the burden of walking 7-10 miles to get water. The local Mukuni people leave buckets to collect the water, and upon being full bring the water home and line up the next person's bucket.  

mukuni village water access

3 years ago, Just a Drop, a water sanitation organization that partners with local volunteers, and The Butterfly Tree, a British nonprofit supporting the Mukuni people, came together with the Mukuni Basic School to obtain and install latrines that were desperately needed. The latrines will be maintained by the PTA through the school WASH (Water & Sanitation) committee, comprised of members of staff, parents and pupils. The committee has agreed to collect money from the community when repairs are needed and spare parts will be obtained from the local district council at a reduced cost.  The funding of two double latrines improved the sanitation facilities at the schools in Mukuni Village, preventing them from closure.

mukuni basic school


mukuni basic school students

Despite poverty and traditional living, the chief, chieftess and the villagers place a high value on education. While education is not free for children, the Mukuni people have made it a priority to provide for their children to allow them to attend school and have the appropriate uniforms.  The local school that children attend is called Mukuni Basic School that educates children from elementary to high school. The community should be exceptionally proud of themselves for the exceptionally high percentage, over 75%, of attendees that finish primary school from the village when the national poverty level is 74.5%, the equivalent of making less than $1.25 USD per day. After primary school, about 1 in 7 may attend lower secondary school, the equivalent of junior high or middle school, and about 1 in 4 attend and complete upper secondary school, the equivalent of high school.

Food and Nutrition

Mukuni Village agriculture

Mukuni Village is a working village.  The people are dependent on local agricultural fields - corn being one of the most common sources of food that is locally grown. With drought and flooding, this has devastated much of the crops in the Zambia. Because of this, families are even more dependent on livestock, jobs outside of the village and jobs inside such as the craft market to provide income to purchase food.  Some families who successfully grow food, may sell some to their neighbors.

mukuni vegetable market

Families may also have livestock such as cows, chickens and goats.  The goats, being much more common than cows due to affordability, are used primarily for dairy products such as milk and cheese and not often used for meat.  The eggs laid by chickens are left half to hatch and half to eat.

mukuni village chickens

The government allows anyone to eat from any of the mango trees growing, so it is not uncommon to see children climbing in the trees and eating mangos.  

mukuni boys playing in a mango tree

With food that can potentially be scarce due to weather  negatively impacting agriculture, illness or inability to create an income to purchase food such as illness, lack of tourism if they have a vocation based on tourism such as a tour guide or craftsman. these mangos have become a vital and important resource of food.

Mukuni boy eating a mango

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