Staff of the Summercroft School are heading out to the Biro Primary School & The Biro Kindergarten in the Namibian village of Mamono Biro with some educational treats for the children. At it luggage, we were proud to help out by supplying the cases for this trip.
The children speak the ‘Hambukushu’ language, one of the 5 Kavango dialects, and live by the traditional laws of the land. The village Chief Fumu is the ‘Honourable Erwin Monika Mbambu’.
The kids love soccer, fetch wild berries from the bush and fetch water daily from the river. Their favourite pastime is to play ‘mandambo’, picnic, play with sand. The children also fish, swim, model with clay and attend to goats and Nguni cattle.
They eat Mahango maize porridge daily and a treat is a piece of meat – and of course a ‘wiki’/ sweet (smiley face). Planting cabbage & spinach helps supplement their diet. They all dance very well and sing traditional songs – the women & girls weave baskets and some boys look after the cattle. All kids help their parents in the Mahango Fields to prepare the soil, sow and later harvest the Mahango maize. One real joy is to ride in the makorro/dugout canoe. They have learned to live alongside dangerous animals as there are hippopotamus and crocodiles in the river. Elephants also show up occasionally to drink the water.