Rural living

Edith By Edith, 16th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Rural living can be fun especially with great social support. This articles talks about some of the things the other enjoyed in rural living in Africa

Rural Living

For those of us who were not privileged to have a taste of village life, it will be interesting to walk with me as I share with you some of my experiences of rural life. My parents had settled in the eastern part of Mt. Kenya region. Mt. Kenya is the second highest snow capped mountain in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro. The most fascinating thing about Mt. Kenya is that it lies near the equator which is supposedly very hot. This has made Mt. Kenya to be a great tourist attraction and mountain climbing site both for the local people and people out of the country. The region also has very cold climate conducive for tourist from cold parts of the world. This region is agriculturally productive for livestock keeping and crop farming.
I remember my childhood days in this part of the country with nostalgia. Our farm lay on a plain with well demarcated wide access road separating neighbors. I still get amazed as to how all neighbors were friends. There was great social support and families worked in cooperation in most of the activities . For example during the planting, weeding and harvesting seasons, neighbors would all join to do the work for one person in turns. A neighbor could not eat food without salt when the second neighbor had some. Children could not be left unattended; it was the responsibility of all adults to take care of every child. As children, we played a lot on the wide roads sometimes until very late at night. We did school assignments together and shared our books freely. We were so close to each other such that there were no personal secrets.
People complain of difficult life in the village but my experience as I grew up has always convinced me otherwise. We could have lacked some things like piped water and electricity but rivers were so clean such that taking water from the river could not have caused problems, more so because rivers were protected from any form of pollution. Food was in plenty and fresh.
I still remember the times we could take our cattle for grazing as we caught up with a story in a novel.

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Rural Areas, Rural Communities, Rural Living

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A counseling psychologist and an educationist . I am interested in writing on parenting and the youth

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author avatar SkeetyD
23rd May 2013 (#)

Your experience living in Kenya sounds so idyllic and wonderful. The horror stories you usually hear about Africa are truly scary and paints a picture of violence and death around every corner but your story gives an entirely different story.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd May 2013 (#)

I live rurally but in Canada, I am sure rural life here is so much different than rural life in Africa.

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