I think I mentioned that many of my students come in from the countryside for school. Many of them walk more than 20 km and stay in town all week. When they go home on the weekends, they help their parents with farming, then bring some of the harvest with them back to town. Just like we pack lunches to school, they bring rice for the week. You may recall that Malagasy people eat a lot of rice. And you probably know that people in their teens eat more than others. Now try to imagine the students walking through the countryside with huge bags of rice on bamboo poles over their shoulders, or on their heads to get to school every week.
October 2, 2008