The foundation of BESTWA’s ministry is feeding children. The Liberian people have so many needs besides, but the need for food is universal, immediate, and ongoing.
While visiting Buchanan, we learned quite a bit about how our resourceful friends manage, in conditions we thought primitive, to produce some pretty yummy meals.
First, to cook rice you gotta have water. Simple, right? Not here. This neighborhood water well is about a block from the cooking pavilion.
Cooking over charcoal? Sure, we can pour some Kingsford briquets into the Weber, throw in some starter fluid and a lit match, and let’er rip. But the folks at the feeding sites light chunks of actual pre-burnt wood in a square basin, then park the giant aluminum cooking tub right on the burning coals.
“Dynamite comes in little boxes,” they say, and these tiny peppers sure were explosive! Back at the headquarters, Evelyn, BESTWA’s Liberian Assistant Field Director, made some tongue-searing salsa for the staff banquet.
Speaking of the banquet, here’s my dinner. So glad I thought to take a photo of this fresh fish before I devoured the rest of it.
I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for learning more about West Africa.
Thanks for reading,