Visit to Kgalagardi (Kalahari) desert in Botswana

Sister Sangeeta along with the Sisters Ann, Nisha and Mary, visited the Kgalagardi desert. The village Hukuntsi is one of the four major villages in its region of the Kgalagardi desert. The Hukuntsi parish priest Rev. Morabi welcomed us and made all the arrangements to visit the villages in the desert, and the day care centers which are run by the Diocese for the Bush (Basarwas) children. It was a joyful and adventurous experience for all of us to travel through the deep sandy roads as well as the salt pans. (The salt pans are natural salt flats are the expanses of ground covered with white salt and other minerals, usually found in deserts.)

It was an eye opener for all of us to see how the bush/Basarwa people live with limited resources. The Basarwas are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa. Their home is in the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert. During our conversation with the people we became more aware of their scarcity of daily essentials such as water, food, clothes and shelter. While we were driving from one settlement to an another, we were delighted to see many animals such as Ostriches, deer, springboks, antelopes and kudus. After our visit, we realized that in spite of the poor conditions, they are contented with what they have, and live peacefully in their original ancestral land.

By Sister Nisha More photos: https://goo.gl/photos/PJG7FX3RMa2DLpjB7

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