Saying goodbye

Nothing illustrates the uniqueness of a culture as the way in which momentous personal events are celebrated: births, weddings and deaths. Last week was filled with a number of gatherings to celebrate Kawii’s life. This post shares in words, photos, video and audio clips, a bit of what I experienced as we celebrated his life and bid him farewell.

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In Memorium: Manfred “Kawii” Murangi

Thank you for your warm and thoughtful comments in response to my post about this tragic loss. The community of Arandis and the entire Erongo Region celebrates the life of Kawii: there are informal gatherings, public memorials, and religious services throughout the week as we mourn the loss of this very special man.

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Images of Life in Namibia

Some random photos from this past week…

Introducing my wonderful host family during PST: 15-yo Kiara, Baai (pron: "Bye"), Trys (pron: Trace), and 13-yo Damien. They shelter, feed, entertain, teach and support me. All are multi-lingual and they're helping me learn Afrikaans. More in them in a coming post...
Introducing my wonderful host family during PST: 15-yo Kiara, Baai (pron: “Bye”), Trys (pron: Trace), and 13-yo Damien. They shelter, feed, entertain, teach and support me. All are multi-lingual and they’re helping me learn Afrikaans. More on them in a future post…
My host family's home, and my home for two months in Okahandja. And yes, the weather is as nice as it looks without a cloud in the sky!
My host family’s home, and my home for two months in Okahandja. And yes, the weather is as nice as it looks, without a cloud in the sky!
PST is comprehensive: not only are language, cross-cultural, technical, medical, safety and security matters covered, but daily practical subjects as well. Due to Okahandja's severe drought, I have no running water at my home from 7am to 8pm so I'll be handwashing my laundry like this tomorrow.
PST is comprehensive: not only are language, cross-cultural, technical, medical, safety and security matters covered, but daily practical subjects as well. Due to Okahandja’s severe drought, I have no running water at my home from 7am to 8pm so I’ll be handwashing my laundry like this tomorrow.
Both chicken and eggs are on this coffee shop's menu, but these two seemed to have no cares...
Both chicken and eggs are on this coffee shop’s menu, but these two seemed to have no cares.
Posted hours of a nearby hangout for tired trainees at the end of the day. Not the first time I've seen a reference only to opening hours. Another place closes "when there's no one else here or we're tired..."
Posted hours of a nearby hangout for tired trainees at the end of the day. Not the first time I’ve seen a reference only to opening hours. Another place closes “when there’s no one else here or we’re tired…”
Even "in town" Namibia's wildlife impresses. My watch on the toad to lend scale.
Even “in town,” Namibia’s wildlife impresses. My watch on the road lends scale.
My Small Business Partner during PST. Like so many businesses I've worked with in the past, the owner of 20+ years is tired, overworked and looking for an exit strategy.
My Small Business Partner during PST. Like so many businesses with whom I’ve worked in the past, the owner of 20+ years is overworked, burned out and looking for an exit strategy.
Came across this woman in Okahandja wearing traditional Herero dress, complete with petticoats. Her unique headress is designed to resemble the horns of the cattle that the Hereo revere. It's a fairly common sight and not just on special occasions.
Came across this woman in Okahandja wearing traditional Herero dress, complete with petticoats. Her unique headress is designed to resemble the horns of the cattle that the Hereo revere. It’s a fairly common sight and not just on special occasions.