Hamisi in the Village
By Joseph Tole Mang’ola, Kenya. One day, a little boy in Kenya visits his grandparents to see how they live their life in a village without electricity. While he’s on holiday, Hamisi learns how to farm and listens to his grandmother’s stories by the campfire.
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[00:00:09.620]Village life can be very
interesting in Africa,
[00:00:14.990]especially here in Kenya,
[00:00:17.990]the village by the name of Kashani
[00:00:23.240]where a boy called Hamisi
is very interesting.
[00:00:28.790]gets to visit his grandfather
and his grandmother once in a while,
[00:00:33.830]during the holiday season,
[00:00:37.760]he gets to live in such
a hut where there is no
[00:00:42.710]electricity, where there
is no running water.
[00:00:46.790]So he has to work hard towards
getting the sources from the
[00:00:51.770]neighborhood like water and also
lighting a lamp so that you can see
[00:00:56.390]during the night, just
[00:00:59.240]to be given a lot of work
to do so that he can learn.
[00:01:04.160]As a young boy,
[00:01:05.660]as he grows up. One of the holidays,
[00:01:09.830]his mother took Hamisi
to the village side,
[00:01:14.360]the countryside to visit
his grandfather and grandmother.
[00:01:18.470]During this time, it could be
[00:01:21.290]He could get to hear stories from
his grandfather during the
[00:01:26.090]night. He could get to graze the cows,
[00:01:29.540]take them out so that they
can get pasture grass to eat
[00:01:34.430]and bring them back home.
[00:01:36.320]He could get to meet his
friends and play a whole day,
[00:01:41.270]He could run through
or a month out there.
[00:01:46.670]During this holiday,
Early in the morning
[00:01:49.610]One day he was told that
he'll be in charge of taking
[00:01:54.530]his grandfather's cows
to the grazing land.
[00:02:00.080]About a half a mile
from where do I live.
[00:02:04.820]So he woke up,
[00:02:06.170]took his breakfast of
probably tea and some
[00:02:10.700]vegetables and some arrowroots.
[00:02:14.240]Then he left out, to go check
the cows for grazing.
[00:02:19.880]It was very interesting that
He could take them out and
[00:02:24.200]enjoy seeing how they walk.
[00:02:27.520]How they find grass for themselves.
[00:02:30.260]And these days spent out of the house,
[00:02:33.410]Out there in the grazing,
[00:02:35.060]but something interesting happened.
[00:02:39.530]Hamisi saw some of his friends playing
[00:02:46.340]Was the soccer ball
that they used made of
[00:02:50.380]Rags and used paper bags.
[00:02:55.340]It was very interesting.
[00:02:57.080]So he was curious and went out
and played with his friends,
[00:03:01.240]leaving the cattle out there
[00:03:04.030]On their own. After
[00:03:06.100]Hours and hours,
[00:03:07.960]Hamisi went back to see where
he had left the cattle
[00:03:12.820]grazing. To his shock,
there were no cattle.
[00:03:18.460]Hamisi became afraid and sad
because he had done a mistake
[00:03:23.440]leaving the cows out there by themselves.
[00:03:28.030]At this time it was getting dark.
[00:03:30.610]So he decided to walk home so that
he could tell his grandfather and
[00:03:35.590]his mother what had happened.
[00:03:39.580]But to his surprise, suddenly, as he
was walking on, on the path, back home,
[00:03:44.920]he met his grandfather with the cows,
[00:03:50.080]walking home. With a light smile,
[00:03:54.040]His grandfather handed over the cows,
[00:03:59.020]giving him the permission to take them on.
[00:04:02.980]And we told him, "twende nyumbani sasa"
[00:04:08.170]Swahili was meaning, let us go home now.
[00:04:11.740]That day, Hamisi
[00:04:15.070]learned three things. He
learned that he needed to be
[00:04:20.740]The work that is given. Also, two,
[00:04:25.120]he learned that he should not to
let curiosity drive him
[00:04:29.590]towards looking for other things
instead of what he has been given
[00:04:35.320]And three he learned that also family
[00:04:38.860]is love. His grandfather had
shown him a lot of love.
[00:04:44.500]Will you be responsible today?
[00:04:47.080]Don't be curious and move forward
from what you're given and
[00:04:51.310]remember your family loves you. Thank you.
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