Rain is a Good Thing

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During our last week in Kenya we got unbelievable amounts of rain. Locals said they hadn’t ever seen it rain this much in Maasailand. Every day we took a piki piki (motorbike) 4 km from our hotel to the less savory road that lead to the Olooloitikoshi Girl’s Rescue Center. Then we walked 1km across a field to reach the GRC. As the rains continued we got muddier and muddier each day. By the time we were preparing to leave, we had to get off the piki piki at points on the main road to walk over spots where the road was washed out or covered in knee-deep puddles. Walking through the field to the GRC was like walking through a field of pudding. I am not exaggerating. My shoes were sucked into the mud and off of my feet so many times that I eventually started going shoeless. We were a muddy mess every day, but having fun! Additionally, there was flooding in some areas and more washed out roads through larger towns.
Despite the inconvenience that such rains and muds bring to locals and travelers everyone knows it’s a good thing. Rain means water for people to drink. Rain means growing crops and livelihood. And it usually means less early marriages and circumcisions for girls. All of the girls at the GRC have left home because of the threat of early marriage and circumcision, so I got to thinking about what rain means for girls in Maasailand. Rain makes the grass grow. Grass feeds the cattle. The cattle don’t die, so men don’t need to replace them. Fathers are not desperate for the dowry cattle that their young daughters can bring them. Daughters have more of a chance of avoiding the circumcision that prepares them for marriage, and more of a chance of remaining at home and in school until they reach the legal marriage age of 18. Rain is a good thing!

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One response »

  1. An interesting way to look at rain…I love this perspective. I always knew rain was good…now I have more reasons for loving rain! 🙂

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