We also built water pumps. The islands have to be watered by hand in order to keep from drying out and splitting. That gray pipe you see sticking up to the left in our group picture is the pump. They were so excited to have one. Other islanders made them for their islands too.
Life on the islands is hard. They fish every day for food to eat.They islands are made out of reeds. (Twice a year the reeds detach from the bottom of the lake and they use that as the base. They have to move all the buildings and put more reeds underneath every two weeks. They spend 4 days cutting the reeds. No running water, no hot water, no bathrooms, not even a kitchen sink. They had one solar panel that provided electricity for a couple light bulbs at night. No heating, no air conditioning, no refridgeration.
We spent the night one night and it was freezing. The ground was frozen in the morning. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful night sky than I did that night though. So many stars and it was so quiet.
We had fried trout, rice, and potatoes that night for dinner with a mint tea to drink. We had bread and eggs for breakfast in the morning. It was such a fun experience.