It was bright and early the next morning when Viseth picked us up to start our village visits. And after a quick breakfast soup (what else? although I'm not complaining, I loooove soup for breakfast) we picked up our special guests - a district government employee and a provincial government employee. You see, Dave and I were such important people (or untrustworthy people? suspicious people? or just plain American people?) that the government would only grant permission for us to visit the villages if we were accompanied by official minders. Of course, these minders spoke zero English, so we could spout all the subversive talk we wanted without fear.
|A village lane|
|This guy really, really wanted his photo taken.|
|There's a pro in the kitchen.|
Once the rice was fully husked (not by us), it was poured into a wide, shallow bamboo bowl and sorted by the women and girls.
It was an interesting day and visiting the villages brought to life the work that Rights-LINK is doing in Salavan Province. We're so thankful to everyone at VFI for arranging our visit, and especially to Viseth for being such a good host and taking time out of his busy week to show us around.