JLOF Calendar 2016 – March
#JLOFtrip took place in March 2015. When we came over, it was a “real summer” – up to 38 degrees C, sunny and dry. Well, that’s how it is supposed to be when you travel to Africa, we thought first. No, not really. Communities that we met traditionally were growing cultures that depend on the rainy season, which would commence around February each year. Up until the trees were cut down during the war not so long time ago, and the climate changed. We learned that the absence of rain – that it doesn’t come at the time it used to do – became one of the main reasons for famine and increased poverty in the region. While in Pajong, we were honoured by a presentation of one of the oldest local “mitigation measures” – a rain dance. The women dance, and the rain has to come. It actually did, next day. Just for a very short period. Not for the season. We thought: yes, we need to help to introduce additional mitigation measures than just the traditional ones.